German police to visit murder site
By ZOE SATHERLEY
GERMAN investigators into the Simone Strobel death case will arrive in Lismore in early December, local police say.
They are expected to spend at least a week in the area, sifting through a mountain of evidence and interviewing key police officers, as well as civilian witnesses.
A visit to the scene of the 25-year-old German tourist's death is also expected, said the head of the Richmond Local Area Command investigative team, Det Sgt Shane Diehm.
He said a formal request for assistance by the German Government had been lodged with the Federal AttorneyGeneral's Department.
"This is being processed and we believe the German prosecutor, who under their system heads the investigation, will arrive in Lismore with a number of other investigators in early December," he said.
"I will make myself available to support them with their inquiries.
"I expect they will wish to interview me, other officers involved in the case and prob- ably some civilians.
"They will also want to visit the scene of the crime and to get information from the Coroner.
"My records here are huge and with the volume of information involved, it obviously makes sense for them to come over here and go through it all with us."
Det Sgt Diehm said he was unsure if any of the German investigators spoke English, but that interpreters would be available.
A large team of police officers are still actively involved in the Simone Strobel case. "This is an ongoing investigation and we still have 10 to 12 officers active on it," he said.
Det Sgt Diehm said there had been no major developments in the investigation.