Simone Strobel
Simone Strobel

Dental records confirm fears



DENTAL records yesterday confirmed a woman's body found in Lismore was that of missing German backpacker Simone Strobel.

Homicide detectives investigating the 25-year-old's death said she was last seen walking alone away from the Lismore Tourist Caravan Park about 11pm on February 11.

The kindergarten teacher's body was found six days later hidden less than 200 metres from the campsite where was staying with her German boyfriend Tobias Suckfuell, 24, his 28-year-old sister, Katrin Suckfuell, and her boyfriend Jens Martins.

"Lismore police have revealed the identity of the woman who was found dead near Oakes Oval last Thursday (February 17)," a police statement said yesterday.

"The woman is missing German tourist Simone Strobel, 25.

"The body was positively identified as Ms Strobel by dental records yesterday afternoon in Sydney.

"Police are still awaiting post mortem results." On Sunday, police reportedly seized clothing placed by a man at a shrine to the traveller in Lismore.

On Sunday night Simone's brother Alexander visited the spot in Lismore and wept.

Ragged from lack of sleep, eyes red from weeping but fighting to maintain his composure, the 27-year-old didn't want anyone to recognise him. Alexander arrived at the crime scene amid a constant stream of people who were coming and going with flowers, cards and letters to leave at the site. Some burned incence, others lit candles and prayed.

On Sunday night, a large group of mourners gathered to hold a candle-lit vigil for the young women whose death has broken the heart of a city.

Seconds before Alexander arrived, an odd-looking man dropped a small pile of clothes and a single pink and white thong into a little prayer circle which mourners had built, adjacent to the sidewalk.

"Please don't touch anything," police said as Alexander moved towards the clothing.

"I'm her brother," he whispered, as he gestured 'Sshh' with his finger on his lips.

"I am so sorry," the officer said, putting his arm around Alexander's shoulders before putting the clothes into a bag and whisking them away.

The pants, top and a rubber sandal were taken away by detectives and closed-circuit television footage of the man placing the clothing was also being viewed.

But Ms Strobel was wearing a black and red floral skirt, a singlet top, and was barefoot when she left the camp, police said earlier.

Police have refused to say if the body was clothed when it was found, and the cause of death is yet to be determined.

German authorities told Ms Strobel's parents of the body's discovery last week and dental records were sought to help identify the badly decomposed corpse.

Three members of Ms Strobel's family arrived in Australia at the weekend and flew to northern NSW.



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