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.
1 - Lost in Byron Bay
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 d...
2 - Tracked
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 aband...
3 - Ransom
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 ...
4 - Into the dark
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 cont...
5 - The cliffs
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 C...
6 - The way forward
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 l...
I feel terrible for all those involved especially the victim and his family. The information is given with respect to all involved. The inclusion of the indigenous prayers, customs, etc was really cool and led to me reading more abt their culture, so I appreciate that as well. I hope the family finds their answers.
Heartbreaking but Uplifting
The search for the lost backpacker in Byron Bay Australia is both heartbreaking and uplifting. I absolutely could not stop listening.
This is a fantastic podcast that brings these people to life, and tells the story in a spellbinding way.
Deepest condolences to Theo’s parents who lived in hope for so long. May he rest in peace somewhere.
There’s no story here
Guy gets drunk, gets lost, falls into the ocean. 6 episodes of people pretending that the blindingly obvious isn’t blindingly obvious.