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An encrypted phone message sent by a missing Belgian tourist could hold a clue to the 18-year-old's disappearance from an Australian coastal town, his father said on Monday.
Theo Hayez was last seen leaving a Byron Bay nightclub late on May 31. Police say they are baffled by his disappearance.
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His father Laurent Hayez flew from Belgium to Australia last week to take part in the search, which now involves homicide detectives.
Hayez on Monday made a public appeal for help to access his son's encrypted WhatsApp account.
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"We know ... that Theo used WhatsApp the night he disappeared. We understand the politics about confidentiality and respect that," Hayez told reporters at Tweed Heads police station, 60 kilometers (35 miles) north of Bryon Bay.
"However, this is a question of providing assistance to a person in grave danger. It is vital that investigators get access to Theo's WhatsApp account without delay. Every minute counts," he added.
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Police Superintendent Dave Roptell said WhatsApp's owner Facebook was being asked for access to the missing man's account.
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