Francophone broadcaster RTBF spoke with Vinciane: “All his gear was still in his hotel room. His passport, his papers. We can hope he met a girl with whom he experienced a romance and isn’t in contact with us, but it’s not his style.”
Vinciane really only sees two possibilities: “Either he bumped into somebody nasty or he’s had an accident. I live in hope, but as the days pass…If something happened in the wilds? I try not to think of it, but I’m a realist.”
26,000 euros have been raised through crowdfunding to allow Theo’s parents to travel to Australia: “For us it’s important to see the place for ourselves, to avoid having regrets later on. If there’s any money left, we’ll donate to Child Focus, to help parents in a similar situation.”
Australian police are meanwhile making an appeal for any pictures, phone footage, dash-cam images or CCTV security video made on the night of Theo’s disappearance.
Theo was last seen leaving a nightclub in the Byron Bay resort around 11PM on 31 May. Police say images show he intended to return to his hostel. “Something must have happened on the way” says a friend. “Otherwise he would have arrived.”