Police still get leads on Simone

MORE than five years after she died police say they are still getting calls from people with information about Simone Strobel.

Police have said they believe Simone's boyfriend, Tobias Suckfuell, killed the German backpacker by smothering her with a pillow at the Lismore Tourist Caravan Park on February 12, 2005.

Simone's disappearance and the discovery of her body, concealed under palm fronds at the nearby bocce club several days later, rocked the Lismore community, which responded with tributes and vigils at the site.

The Northern Star yesterday reported Simone's parents, Gustl and Gabi, had spoken out for the first time on their doubts about Tobias, after having spent years defending him.

Tweed-Byron Local Area Command crime manager Inspector Shane Diehm, who headed the investigation into Simone's death while he was stationed at Lismore, and who remains involved in the case, said he had heard about ‘rumblings' from Germany over the Strobel family's about-face on Tobias, but had not spoken directly with Simone's parents.

He said, even now, police were still getting occasional calls from the public about the case and chasing down each new lead.

However, they were also still waiting for advances in DNA technology to unearth the evidence they need to lay charges.



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