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Theo Hayez is missing in Byron Bay, a beautiful beachside town on Australia’s most easterly mainland point, frequently in the spotlight for its famous residents. Theo's from Brussels. He's 18 and on a backpacking holiday when he vanishes in May 2019. Behind the scenes local volunteers who've never met Theo begin searching and investigating with his family, parallel to a major police investigation.

At the request of Theo's family, The Australian newspaper's national crime correspondent David Murray joins the unofficial search party to investigate the mysterious disappearance for a new podcast series, The Lighthouse. Theo left a local bar around 11pm. As the search narrows to the area around the 118-year-old Cape Byron Lighthouse, a range of theories emerge.

From the newspaper that brought you The Teacher's Pet and Who The Hell is Hamish, The Lighthouse investigates all possible scenarios as it takes you inside an extraordinary search.

To read more about the disappearance of Theo Hayez, and access exclusive photos and video material, go to www.lighthousepodcast.com.au.

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2019-10-2900:03:1913

Theo Hayez is missing in Byron Bay, a beautiful beachside town on Australia’s most easterly mainland point, frequently in the spotlight for its famous residents. Theo’s from Brussels. He’s 18 and on a backpacking holiday when he vanishes in May 2019. Behind the scenes local volunteers who’ve never met Theo begin searching and investigating with his family, parallel to a major police investigation. At the request of Theo’s family, The Australian newspaper’s national crime correspondent David Murray joins the unofficial search party to investigate the mysterious disappearance for a new podcast series, The Lighthouse. Theo left a local bar around 11pm. As the search narrows to the area around the 118-year-old Cape Byron Lighthouse, a range of theories emerge. From the newspaper that brought you The Teacher’s Pet and Who The Hell is Hamish, The Lighthouse investigates all possible scenarios as it takes you inside an extraordinary search. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
1 - Lost in Byron Bay

1 - Lost in Byron Bay

2019-11-0100:47:3453

Belgian backpacker Theo Hayez dropped into Byron Bay in late May 2019, enticed by the town's unique allure of bohemian life, beautiful surf beaches and a sprinkling of international celebrity glamour. Then he disappeared without a trace. As it dawns on his family that he’s been silent online for six days, they mobilise a search, aided by Byron locals who never knew Theo but refuse to accept a visitor to their town could simply vanish. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
2 - Tracked

2 - Tracked

2019-11-0801:00:0134

As word of Theo Hayez's disappearance spreads around Byron Bay, concerned locals leap into action. One local suspects drink spiking and leads a small search party through bushland near the centre of town, where there’s a maze of occupied and abandoned homeless camps. But leads are sparse, and the police are baffled. The real information is hidden in Theo's online accounts. His family sets about cracking into that digital vault, desperate for any information when every minute counts, with remarkable results. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
3 - Ransom

3 - Ransom

2019-11-1501:01:0737

Once Theo's family cracked his online accounts, they had a clearer picture of his path on the night he disappeared. So, aided by the local community, they begin to retrace his steps. But after the local police abandoned their search, and psychics stepped in, things become confusing for those on the ground. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
4 - Into the dark

4 - Into the dark

2019-11-2201:00:1630

Byron Bay is known as an tourist town where celebrities and influencers spend their summers. But as the locals know, there's a darker side to life here. Retracing Theo's path through the Arakwal National Park raises more questions and contradictions about what happened the night he disappeared, and reveals a hidden community that most visitors to Byron never see. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
5 - The cliffs

5 - The cliffs

2019-11-2901:03:0822

The mystery of an abandoned campsite next to the Tallow Beach sand dunes adds new urgency to the search for Theo. Who lived there, and did they know anything about what happened to him the night he disappeared? And some recent history around the Cosy Corner cliffs presents a possible scenario for what may have happened to Theo. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
6 - The way forward

6 - The way forward

2019-12-0601:04:2623

Six months after Theo’s mysterious disappearance, fresh revelations are opening new possibilities on what happened that night in Byron Bay. His father Laurent returns to Australia to walk through the bush at night for the first time, and the local community organises a ceremony to maintain momentum. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Comments (26)

Chanae Matthews

A very well researched and presented Australian true crime podcast

Jan 21st
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Jaime Stiles

Very well done. I'll be staying tuned for more updates.

Dec 23rd
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Jane Shearer

So sad and such a confusing story. I'm thinking that his phone could have been stolen... who says it was Theo who took that route through the bush? His phone did but not necessarily him. Just a thought. Fingers crossed his family can get some answers

Dec 5th
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Louise B

It sounds like his drink may have been spiked, a relatively common thing in Byron. I feel bad for the staff member(s) who kicked him out, they would feel so guilty.

Nov 29th
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mia norris

I am amazed at all the beautiful people who have given their time to help in the search. out of a really tragic situation there is a little glow of humanity that came from this. Thankyou everyone

Nov 29th
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Lee A

Xxs

Nov 26th
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Alison Wonderland

is it possible for you to put up a map showing where Theo walked that night with the way he including the Wake Up hostel and the pub and Cosy Corner please? it would help me when you talk about his route. thanks 🌝

Nov 23rd
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Raffaela Marciano

I think the investigative journalism into the disapperance of young Theo is so good and vital. Because it happened so recently, there's probably more chance of finding him or an answer or theory to what happened. Diving in and leaving no stone unturned, doing what others don't have time to do. This could well bring about what is needed to solve this case. Thank God for Google. I have often looked at my recent activity and thought, this is great should anything happen. Good work guys! My heart and sympathy go out to his parents and family. Let's hope this investigation and podcast answers questions and brings Theo home.

Nov 20th
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Brittany Huber

I want more David Murray productions

Nov 18th
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Elly

So sad for Theos loved ones but at the same time it's beautiful to see the community coming together to do what they can to help find Theo. My heart goes out to his family and friends I hope his friends find their way back to enjoying each other again too

Nov 15th
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Alison Wonderland

did they find his actual phone? I think Theo was with someone when he went missing. As he was looking at his phone when he was walking the streets because he was lost maybe he was mugged for the phone. It seems strange that Theo would walk through bushland to get back to the hostel when that wasn't his original route.

Nov 15th
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Rhonda Vandermeer

Very well put together and researched. Well done Byron Bay community for banding together and getting so much accomplished

Nov 14th
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dominique jung

Mr David Murray, can I talk with you on messenger/facebook please ?

Nov 12th
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Vinciane Delforge

Merci à tous pour ce podcast, il est vraiment très bien réalisé ❤️Thank you all for this great podcast !

Nov 8th
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Hayley Benn

so sad it crushes my heart 😭

Nov 8th
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Brian Mullens

very well done. it will be of great value for all concerned

Nov 8th
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brett hazelman

I'm intrigued now.

Nov 6th
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George Healy

A great presentation, very well diocumentated and sympathetically narratted. Hopefully it will lead to some infirmation heloing in the search for Thêo.

Nov 5th
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Helen Murray

Excellent job on the podcast. Well presented, looking forward to following the rest as they appear. Really hope something positive comes from it.

Nov 4th
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Sheri Todd

Brilliant podcast. Can’t wait for next week!

Nov 1st
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