On Sunday Théo’s cousin Lisa asked for WhatsApp’s cooperation by asking it to give detectives access to the final messages sent via his WhatsApp account.
Théo Hayez was last seen on 31 May in a night club in Byron Bay in the Australian state of New South Wales. CCTV images show that he was using his smartphone.
The police urgently what to know what he was doing and who (if anyone) he was messaging. However, up until now they have not had access to his WhatsApp account.
In a joint press conference held on Monday morning (Australian time) Théo Hayez’s father Laurent Hayez called on WhatsApp to give the police access to his son’s WhatsApp Account (see video below)
WhatsApp has since heeded Mr Hayez’s call
In statement WhatsApp said "Out heart goes out to Théo Hayez and his family. We understand the importance of the work being done by the police and are helping them in accordance with the law and our conditions of service.
WhatsApp is able to gain access to certain information concerning its users such as IP-addresses and other basic information. However, it is not able to access the content of any messages sent.
Murder detectives drafted in
Meanwhile, murder detectives have travelled to Byron Bay (where Théo Hayez disappeared) from Sydney to help with the investigation. Detectives have also released new footage of Théo shopping at an off-licence on the night of his disappearance (see below).