The search for the missing backpacker Theo Hayez in Australia is increasing. Dozens of volunteers joining the state rescue service and police officers are combing dense bushland and cliff areas around Cape Byron, south of Brisbane, 18 days after the Belgian teenager was last seen.
Police announced Tuesday morning that their focus was on finding a smartphone and other objects in the area that might belong to Hayez. It's the second day viewers are turning their attention to the Cape Byron bushland.
Detective Inspector Matt Kehoe said more than 35 State Emergency Service (SES) workers, 15 Special Police officers and 20-30 members of the public participated in the search on Tuesday.
Inspector Kehoe told the volunteers that police and SES were walking shoulder to shoulder on hands and knees through the steep, dense bushland.
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The search continues at the pass in Byron Bay to Hayez.
Her focus will be on the area between Wategos Beach and The Pass on the west side of Cape Byron, as the telecommunications records said that this may have been the site of Hayez's last activity on his cell phone before the Battery was empty.
Inspector Kehoe said the searchers were looking for "any" evidence in relation to Theo, including his phone – understood as a neon-purple Oppo device.
"We know about the phone … but we limit our search not just on a mobile phone. Anything that could have had anything to do with Theo. "
On Monday, the police confirmed that the last ping of Hayez's phone was recorded on June 1 at 1:42 pm, more than 12 hours after being seen the last time he left Cheeky Monkeys Bar in Byron Bay CBD, the location of this last ping could not be determined.
Hayez's Distraught Father Laurant Hayez spoke on Monday The media, after arriving in Australia on Friday, asked WhatsApp, a Facebook-owned news agency, to grant the police access to Theos