TRAGEDY: Simone Strobel?s family have expressed thanks to the people of the Northern Rivers
TRAGEDY: Simone Strobel?s family have expressed thanks to the people of the Northern Rivers

Simone's family thank Northern Rivers

By ZOE SATHERLEY

SIMONE Strobel's German family have written to the people of the Northern Rivers to thank them for the love and concern shown to their daughter following her death in Lismore in February.

The family said they were touched by the outpouring of community grief towards their daughter.

They hope Lismore City Council will favourably consider placing a stone memorial at the place where Simone's body was found on February 17, beside the Uralba Street footpath linking Lismore Shopping Square to the CBD.

Simone, 25, had been on a working holiday in Australia with her boyfriend, Tobias Suckfuell, 24, when she was found dead in Lismore.

A cause of death is yet to be established and, despite a massive investigative effort, police have not been successful in tracing those who may have been responsible for her suspected murder.

The registrar at Glebe Coroner's Court recently revealed that because Simone's body was so badly decomposed, a cause of death may never be established.

A friend of the family said, while they were frustrated by the lack of any post-mortem results being available, they still wanted to say 'thank you' to those who showed they cared with the fol- lowing tribute:

'... and always there will be traces

of your life,

pictures, emotions and moments

which remind us of you,

and make us believe

that you are with us still.

Sincere thanks to the people of the Northern Rivers -?

for the great sympathy

and affection,

for the spoken and written

comforting words,

for the silent hug,

for the quiet prayer,

for the handshake -?

when words were amiss,

for all the expressions of love

and friendship,

for the flowers, candles

and donations,

for participation

at the prayer of the rosary,

for the wreath at the dignified funeral ceremony.

Thanks also to everyone

near and far,

whose loving thoughts

and concern

have accompanied our beloved

daughter and sister

Simone

on her last journey.

Simone's parents, Gustl and Gabi Strobel, brother Alexander and sister, Christina.

Rieden March 2005.



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