MEDIA WATCH: Lismore Police local area commander Superindent Bruce Lyons is questioned by media yesterday
MEDIA WATCH: Lismore Police local area commander Superindent Bruce Lyons is questioned by media yesterday

Police still can't name victim

By ZOE SATHERLEY

SUPERINTENDENT Bruce Lyons has reassured the Northern Rivers community that police are throwing their full resources behind the dual investigation into the discovery of a woman's body in Lismore and the mysterious disappearance of German tourist Simone Strobel.

He said it was still not possible to confirm the body, discovered just a few metres from a busy city sidewalk, was that of the 25year-old kindergarten teacher.

The cause of death could also not be confirmed, he said.

"What I can say is that a postmortem examination has been conducted and we are awaiting the results," he said.

"Simone Strobel's dental records are being sent from Germany and these will be examined as will DNA samples.

"But at the moment Simone is still listed as a missing person."

Supt Lyons strongly defended the police department's investigation of Simone's disappearance and said his police officers had his full support and were doing an excellent job.

"We took the young woman's disappearance very seriously from the outset," he said.

"It was only a matter of a few hours between the time her friends first reported her missing and the first police search on Saturday afternoon.

"Police also called the SES in for a second search on Saturday.

"On Sunday, police widened the search throughout the Lismore CBD and areas surrounding the caravan park, with more SES volunteers. Two boats were also launched on the Wilson River.

"I cannot speculate as to why a body was not found at that time."

Supt Lyons would not be drawn on a question as to whether police had discovered items of Simone's clothing in the open drain which runs beside the Continental Club in Uralba Street, where the body was discovered. He said the biggest police team ever assembled in Lismore was working 'around the clock'.



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