Simone Strobel coronial inquiry delayed

Detectives at Richmond Local Area Command have advised that the coronial inquest into the death of 25-year-old German tourist Simone Strobel in 2005 has been postponed for six months. Initially planned for next week, the enquiry is now expected to be held in the week starting July 9 due to a crucial German witness Jens Martin being unable to attend any earlier.

Mr Martin was travelling with Simone Strobel at the time of her death, along with Simones boyfriend Tobias Suckfuell and his sister Katrina Suckfuell, who have both indicated they will not attend the hearing.

Acting Inspector Shane Diehm said Jens Martin had always been co-operative with police enquiries and was willing and available to testify later in the year.

He said the delay would not affect the coronial hearings outcome.

Simone Strobel disappeared from the Lismore Tourist Caravan Park on February 11, 2005. Her body was found six days later near Oakes Oval. Police continue to treat Simones death as suspicious and Acting Inspector Diehm said there was still a person of interest in the case.


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