Unsolved murder of a German woman: a suspect arrested 17 years later in Australia

Unsolved murder of German woman: suspect arrested aged 17+ later in Australia


SYDNEY | A man was arrested in Australia on Tuesday in connection with the murder more than 17 years ago of a young German tourist on the country's east coast, police say. 

The 42-year-old suspect was apprehended in the state of Western Australia, said in a press release the police of Richmond, in the state of New South Wales (east), whose six officers moved across the country to make the arrest.

The victim, Simone Strobel, 25, disappeared in February 2005 from a trailer park after spending an evening with her companion and friends in the small town of Lismore, on the east coast of Australia.

His body was discovered six days later, hidden under palm fronds, in a nearby sports ground. The local police investigation, in conjunction with Wuerzburg (Germany) police, had so far resulted in no arrests.

In 2007, the New South Wales coroner had believed that there was not enough evidence to incriminate anyone in the death of the young woman.

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Two years ago, the government of New South Wales offered a reward of one million Australian dollars (approximately $890,000) for information to leading to the indictment of the murderer. German police offered a reward of 10,000 euros ($13,000) in 2014.