Police get fresh leads on Simone
By ZOE SATHERLEY
DETECTIVES have received more than 30 calls from members of the public following the release of a Comfit image by police investigating the death of German backpacker Simone Strobel, pictured.
Callers have provided Strike Force Howea detectives with a number of fresh leads, a police spokesperson said.
Simone disappeared from near the Lismore Tourist Caravan Park on the night of Friday, February 11.
Her body was discovered by a police dog handler one week ago, just 90 metres from where she had been camping.
Police would not confirm or deny whether the man in the Comfit picture was a suspect, but said they believed he had information that would help them with their investigation.
Hopes that Simone's cause of death would be revealed yesterday were dashed with news the forensic analysis was not yet complete.
Police hope more members of the public will recognise the Comfit picture circulated yesterday.
The man they want to interview is described as aged 40-50, about 180cm tall, with a skinny or gaunt build.
He has a grey-coloured beard with about one week's growth and has brown and grey flecked hair.
He was wearing long pants, a pale green shirt with a vest or jacket and was seen in the vicinity of the Dawson Street Caravan Park about 11.50pm on the night Simone went missing after going for a short walk.
Police are still unable to say if their inquiries have become a murder investigation.
"We cannot confirm anything until we have the results of the post-mortem," a Sydney police media spokesperson said.
"We can't rush the pathologist or the forensic examiners. The autopsy was only done last Friday.
"This is a priority, but they have other bodies to examine as well. They are very busy."