SIMONE: CRIME SCENE BLACKOUT
By MEGAN KINNINMENT
LISMORE police took extraordinary security measures yesterday to shield the German police who are in Lismore investigating the murder of German backpacker Simone Strobel.
At 10am yesterday, local SES workers began installing black plastic sheeting along the perimeter fence of the Lismore Continental Club, where Ms Strobel's decomposing body was discovered concealed in palm fronds on February 17.
The investigation of the site where Simone's body was found follows revelations this week that her three travelling companions ? boyfriend Tobias Suckfuell, 24, his sister Katrin Suckfuell, 28, and their mutual friend, Jens Martin, 25 ? have been named as chief suspects in her death.
A police media spokesperson yesterday said the two-metre-high plastic shielding around the club would remain in place until German police had finished their investigation of the grounds.
However, the spokeswoman stressed there was no new development in the case.
Snr Const Michael Hogan said local police had organised the fence shield to provide the Germans with the 'opportunity to conduct their work'.
However, Snr Const Hogan declined to be drawn on whether the German investigators were undertaking some form of reenactment of Simone's death inside the area.
Detectives have also refused to confirm or deny whether a sample of hair found in the fence wire of the Continental Club belonged to any of the suspects.
The German police expect to be home by Christmas.
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