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Australia: German tourist murdered 17 years ago – ex-boyfriend charged

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AustraliaGerman tourist murdered 17 years ago – ex-boyfriend charged

Investigators have been looking for the person who killed Simone since 2005. Now her ex-boyfriend has been charged.

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The then 25-year-old Simone Strobel disappeared at a campsite in New South Wales.

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The body was found on a sports field in Lismore not far from the disappearance.

The body was found on a sports field in Lismore not far from the disappearance.

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The German disappeared at a campsite in Lismore, south of the city of Brisbane.

The German disappeared at a campsite in Lismore, south of the city of Brisbane.

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  • Simone Strobel was murdered in Australia in 2005.

  • Since then, the search for the killer has been ongoing.

  • Now a man could be arrested.

The one in the case of 17 years ago German backpacker killed in Australia arrested suspect has been charged with murder in Sydney. The 42-year-old ex-boyfriend of the educator Simone Strobel from Lower Franconia must remain in custody until at least August 3, as the Australian news agency AAP reported on Thursday. He will then apply for bail, citing his attorney.

The Australian investigators are also in contact with the German authorities about the possible issuance of two more arrest warrants in Germany, the 9News station quoted police chief Scott Tanner as saying. The two people would be accused of aiding and abetting murder and obstruction of justice.

Ex-boyfriend now married

The 42-year-old suspect was arrested Tuesday at his home in Perth, Western Australia, and transferred to Sydney on the east coast on Wednesday. Defense attorneys said she was in the process of negotiating bail terms with prosecutors. The trial will then be moved to Lismore, north of Sydney, where Strobel died violently in 2005. In addition to murder, the suspect is also accused of obstruction of justice.

Body found under palm fronds

Strobel’s ex-boyfriend is now married in Australia and has taken his wife’s name. According to Australian media reports, she is said to be pregnant with their third child.

In 2005, Simone Strobel was traveling in Australia with her boyfriend on a working holiday visa. When two friends from Germany came over for a few weeks, the four of them spent time at a campsite in Lismore. The 25-year-old suddenly disappeared there. A few days later, her body was found nearby, covered under palm fronds. Investigations revealed that the woman had been the victim of a crime.

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In 2005, Simone Strobel was traveling in Australia with her boyfriend on a working holiday visa. When two friends from Germany came over for a few weeks, the four of them spent time at a campsite in Lismore. The 25-year-old suddenly disappeared there.

The trial will then be moved to Lismore, north of Sydney, where Strobel died violently in 2005. In addition to murder, the suspect is also accused of obstruction of justice.

Defense attorneys said she was in the process of negotiating bail terms with prosecutors.

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