German backpacker Simone Strobel was found murdered in Lismore in 2005.
German backpacker Simone Strobel was found murdered in Lismore in 2005. Contributed

Simone’s family still desperate for answers

ELEVEN years after her murder, Simone Strobel's parents are still desperate to know what happened to their daughter.

Simone's parents have not lost hope that the mystery surrounding the death of their daughter would still be solved, with Gabi Strobel telling German news outlet Stern: "It's just a call to those who know more what happened that night and deliver us from this agony of reflection and brooding." (Translated from German)

Simone, a 25-year-old German backpacker and kindergarten teacher arrived in Lismore on February 11, 2005.

Historical Memorial for Simone Strobel near the spot where her body was found in 2005.
Historical Memorial for Simone Strobel near the spot where her body was found in 2005. Jacklyn Wagner

She was reported missing the following morning and her body was found six days later, concealed in long grass and palm fronds next to the old bocce club in Uralba St.

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Simone had been travelling with her boyfriend, Tobias Suckfuell, his sister Katrin Suckfuell and friend Jens Martin, and Tobias was later named the prime suspect by German authorities.

A subsequent inquest at Lismore, which Tobias and Katrin refused to attend, heard circumstantial evidence suggesting he murdered Simone by suffocating her with a pillow and then, possibly with Katrin's help, carefully concealed the body under palm fronds in the nearby bocce court.

If anyone has any information regarding the death of Simone Strobel in 2005, they should contact police.

Simone Strobel (second from right) pictured leaving the Gollan Hotel in Lismore on the Friday night that she disappeared with her boyfriend Tobias Suckfuell, Jens Martin and Katrin Suckfuell.
Simone Strobel (second from right) pictured leaving the Gollan Hotel in Lismore on the Friday night that she disappeared with her boyfriend Tobias Suckfuell, Jens Martin and Katrin Suckfuell. The Northern Star Archives

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