By Brittany Chain For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 10:20 GMT, 1 November 2019 | Updated: 10:32 GMT, 1 November 2019
Belgian backpacker Theo Hayez was asked to leave a bar on the night of his disappearance
Belgian backpacker Theo Hayez was asked to leave a bar on the night of his disappearance because he was 'wobbly on his feet'.
The 18-year-old was last seen leaving the Cheeky Monkey's bar in Byron Bay, northern New South Wales, at about 11pm on Friday May 31.
Paul O'Brian, a spokesman for the club, said the decision to kick Theo out was the right one.
'People are asked to leave venues all the time. There was nothing unusual about that,' he told The Lighthouse, a News Corp podcast about the mystery.
'[Theo] appeared to be a polite kid who was a bit wobbly on his feet. He had only purchased two drinks and was not aggressive.'
A Dutch tourist who met Theo that night slammed the nightclub for kicking him out.
'Even though they have the right to do it you think why him?,' the friend, who has since returned to his home in the Netherlands, said.
Theo Hayez was last seen leaving the Cheeky Monkey's bar in Byron Bay at about 11pm on May 31
'Why him and why not somebody else? The more I think about it the more upsetting it is because it was the start of everything.'
'He was not drunk or anything. He could hold a normal conversation,' the friend said.
Another friend confirmed Theo had discussed his excitement about returning home to begin a degree in engineering and that nobody in the group had taken drugs.
Three days after the last sighting, Theo appeared to cancel his bus ticket to Sydney.
His ticket out of the sleepy, seaside suburb was cancelled six minutes after the bus was due to depart on Monday June 3rd.
Friends and family were relieved when they heard the news, initially thinking he must've had a change of heart and chosen to extend his time in Byron Bay by a few days.
But their hopes were quickly dashed by police, who called to inform them the bus driver had actually cancelled his ticket on the full bus when he failed to show up.
Laurent Hayez and Vinciane Delforge told local media they believe their son may be alive and living in a commune on the NSW north coast
Locals have refused to give up hope despite police calling off the official search
CCTV footage shows a man believed to be Theo making his way down a street on the night of his disappearance
Employees at the bus stop told Theo's older cousin Lisa the ticket cancellation was unusual but made sense if the bus was full.
'We really thought that he cancelled it,' she said.
'Everyone was telling us that was the most likely scenario... its a rare thing to happen but if the bus is fully booked they do that to free up space for someone to book from the next stop.'
The podcast also discussed footage taken from a Caltex petrol station CCTV camera which showed a man walking toward the WakeUp! hostel where Theo was