SIMONE MOURNED: Standing close to a large red heart
SIMONE MOURNED: Standing close to a large red heart

SIMONE?S GOING HOME TODAY

By ALEX EASTON, Chief reporter

SIMONE Strobel's family will fly her body home to Wuerzburg in Germany today still not knowing if she was murdered. Police yesterday confirmed Simone's body had been released from Glebe morgue and was expected to be flown home, accompanied by her family, today. Her funeral will be held in about two weeks. However, police continued to refuse to say how Simone died, even as they released a statement hosing down rumours about her death. Richmond Local Area Command Superintendent Bruce Lyons and crime manager, Inspector Anne Langford, said they would not know whether Simone was murdered until they receive toxicology results from her post-mortem examination. Neither was able to say when those results were due, however, it was unlikely they would be able to publicly release details even when they did arrive.

Supt Lyons also backed away from expectations raised on radio yesterday that a re- ward would be posted for in- formation on the case. He said police may look at a reward 'down the track', but it was not being consid- ered yet. Ultimately any reward would be a State Government decision, he said. Insp Langford said the pub- lic response for help was so strong that police were get- ting a constant stream of leads. Because of that, detectives did not have a formal suspect list, despite last week's re- lease of an image of a man they want to question over Simone's death. Asked if the return to Ger- many of Simone's travelling companions -? boyfriend To- bias Suckfuell, his sister Ka- trin Suckfuell and friend Jens Martins ?- meant they had been formally cleared as sus- pects, Insp Langford said offi- cers regarded all people in- volved in the case the same way. "No person is treated any differently from any other,"

she said. "We can't discount it; we can't count it. "There is no answer until the investigation is complet- ed." A measure of the communi- ty's response was the large pile of clothing detectives had been handed. Clothing had been stream- ing into police stations around the region since Si- mone's body was found, rang-

ing from a man who left some clothes at the makeshift memorial at Uralba Street to people handing in clothes they had found and thought might be connected. Police appreciated the help and were following through on every lead, Insp Langford said. A core group of about 15 detectives were working 11- hour shifts around the clock on the case and extra help had been brought in from nearly every police region be- tween Newcastle and the Queensland border. Insp Langford defended the decision to tightly control the release of information about the case, saying the release of too much information, or the wrong piece of information, could make it harder for police to solve the case. However, Supt Lyons said rumours that Simone's body had been mutilated or dis- membered had to be quashed. Those rumours were untrue and were creating unneces- sary anxiety in Lismore resi- dents, he said. n Anyone with information should call Lismore police on 6623 1599 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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