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
for the spoken and written
for the silent hug,
for the quiet prayer,
for the handshake -?
when words were amiss,
for all the expressions of love
for the flowers, candles
at the prayer of the rosary,
for the wreath at the dignified funeral ceremony.
Thanks also to everyone
near and far,
whose loving thoughts
have accompanied our beloved
daughter and sister
on her last journey.
Simone's parents, Gustl and Gabi Strobel, brother Alexander and sister, Christina.
Rieden March 2005.