An inquest into the 18-year-old backpacker’s disappearance at Byron Bay has heard police believe he clambered up the beachside cliffs, dropped his phone, then fell and was swept out to sea.
His family, who have travelled to Byron Bay from Europe for his two-week inquest in the NSW Coroners Court, don’t accept their cautious boy would do something so dangerous in the dark.
Laurent Hayez, father of missing Belgian backpacker Theo Hayez, speaks to the media at the inquest into the disappearance of Theo Hayez on 29 November, 2021. Source: AAP
They say the only way he would climb the cliffs is if someone was with him, reassuring him it was safe.