German police probe tourist's death in Australia

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31 October 2005, SYDNEY - German police are to investigate the death of 25- year-old German kindergarten teacher Simone Strobel, news reports said Sunday.

31 October 2005

SYDNEY - German police are to investigate the death of 25- year-old German kindergarten teacher Simone Strobel, news reports said Sunday.

Strobel's body was found in February in the New South Wales town of Lismore, where she was staying in a caravan park with boyfriend Tobias Suckfuell and two other Germans.

Strobel, from the Bavarian city of Wuerzburg, disappeared while walking alone at night near the Lismore campsite. Her body was found six days later, less than 200 metres from where she was last seen.

While Australian police stressed that none of Strobel's German companions was a suspect in the case, their German counterparts are concerned by inconsistencies in the statements Suckfuell gave. German officers are expected in November in Lismore to examine the crime scene.

Before returning to Germany a few weeks after the death of his companion, Suckfuell criticized police for being tardy in their investigations.

"The police wasted three days," Suckfuell told reporters. "They kept telling me not to worry, that she would turn up in Nimbin or Byron Bay or on a commune. They said she may be on drugs. But I know my girlfriend. She didn't do things like that, and she didn't do hard drugs."

Lismore Detective Senior Constable Dave Mackie told the Sun-Herald newspaper that it was not surprising that two investigations were being carried out simultaneously.

"Because German nationals are involved, it's not unusual the German police want to come here to go through the large amount of evidence we have collected," Mackie said.

Strobel and Suckfuell were travelling around Australia in a camper-van with Suckfuell's sister, Katrin, and her boyfriend, Jens Martins. Strobel's parents visited Lismore in the weeks after her death.

DPA

Subject: German news

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