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Community search for lost Theo to resume


A missing persons flyer is seen near a beach as the search continues for missing backpacker Theo Hayez at Byron Bay on the far north New South Wales coast, Thursday, June 20, 2019. The 18-year old Belgian national was last seen on May 31. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt)

The search for missing Belgian backpacker Theo Hayez is expected to resume this week as more family members arrive in Byron Bay, where the teenager vanished weeks ago.

Theo was last seen leaving the Cheeky Monkey's bar about 11pm on May 31.

The last "ping" from Theo's phone was recorded on June 1 in the area around the Cape Byron Lighthouse prompting days of searches late last week.

Police and volunteer search groups paused over the weekend and on Monday amid heavy rains.

Police say they will make daily decisions on searches going ahead.

The volunteer groups met on Monday and decided to renew their calls for residents to look for CCTV footage and Theo's missing phone.

They believe the phone could contain crucial details about the night he disappeared.

They also want owners of holiday rentals to check unoccupied properties for Theo's phone or items of clothing.

More searches in bushland and around the popular tourist town are planned over the next week.

As they met on Monday, Theo's mother was expected to touch down in Brisbane and begin making her way south, a friend of the family told AAP.

She will join the 18-year-old's father, Laurent, who made a public plea for information last week and other relatives who live in Brisbane.

The Hayez family have told supporters they want to remain in Australia until their son is found.

© AAP 2019