Simone Strobel’s father speaks out from Germany on Toby Moran’s arrest

The haunting final words a murdered German backpacker told her father before her gruesome death – as her accused killer is charged in Sydney

  • Murdered German backpacker Simone Strobel’s father spoke on recent arrest
  • Ms Strobel was murdered in Lismore in February, 2005, while travelling Australia
  • Just a day before her death she told her father travelling was a ‘dream come true’
  • Ms Strobel’s partner at the time, Tobias (Toby) Moran, was arrested on Tuesday
  • An arrest warrant for the other two people she was last seen with was issued 

A German backpacker told her dad being in Australia was a ‘dream come true’ just a day before she was brutally murdered.

The naked body of Simone Strobel, 25, was hidden under palm fronds on February 17, 2005, six days after she went missing from Lismore Tourist Caravan Park in NSW.

She was a German kindergarten teacher backpacking in Australia on a working visa with her boyfriend Tobias (Toby) Moran, formerly Tobias Suckfuell, Moran’s sister Katrin Suckfuell, and his friend Jens Martin.

Simone Strobel (above), a German kindergarten teacher backpacking in Australia, told her father it was a 'dream come true' travelling Australia just one day before she was murdered in Lismore in 2005

Simone Strobel (above), a German kindergarten teacher backpacking in Australia, told her father it was a ‘dream come true’ travelling Australia just one day before she was murdered in Lismore in 2005

On Tuesday WA Police arrested Ms Strobel's then-boyfriend Toby Moran (left) and extradited him to Sydney to face court for her murder

On Tuesday WA Police arrested Ms Strobel’s then-boyfriend Toby Moran (left) and extradited him to Sydney to face court for her murder

Now, after 17 long years, Ms Strobel’s father Gustl and mother Gabi are hopeful progress is being made on their daughter’s case.

Moran, 42, was arrested in Perth on Tuesday and extradited to Sydney to face trial for Ms Strobel’s murder.

Mr Strobel said from his German home in Rieden the arrests have given his family hope that they may soon have answers for their daughter’s death.

Ms Strobel's family (above) said they 'hope that the whole truth finally comes out' about their daughter's 2005 murder

Ms Strobel’s family (above) said they ‘hope that the whole truth finally comes out’ about their daughter’s 2005 murder

Police allege Moran killed Ms Strobel, who was last seen with him and two other friends on a night out in Lismore before her body was found on February 17, 2005

Police allege Moran killed Ms Strobel, who was last seen with him and two other friends on a night out in Lismore before her body was found on February 17, 2005

‘We hope that the whole truth finally comes out — that we can finally know why Simone had to die, and who killed her,’ he told The West Australian

Ms Strobel was last seen on a night out at a pub in Lismore with Moran and friends on February 11, 2005.

Her body was found six days later, hidden under palm fronds at a sports ground less than 100 metres from the caravan park.

Mr Strobel said the last time he spoke to his daughter she was ecstatic about her life in Australia.

Ms Strobel's father, Gustl, described his daughter as 'outgoing' and 'cheerful', and said she was living her dream by travelling Australia (Ms Strobel pictured right)

Ms Strobel’s father, Gustl, described his daughter as ‘outgoing’ and ‘cheerful’, and said she was living her dream by travelling Australia (Ms Strobel pictured right)

A picture taken of Moran and Ms Strobel on their Australian trip, complete with a romantic message from Moran

A picture taken of Moran and Ms Strobel on their Australian trip, complete with a romantic message from Moran

‘Simon was very outgoing … a cheerful young person. One day before she died, she called me on the phone and just said ‘daddy, it’s so beautiful here, this is a dream come true’,’ he said.

He added that his family felt betrayed by Moran, who helped fly Ms Strobel’s body back to Germany, but that he knows better than to fully believe his daughter’s case will be resolved.

‘It’s been such a long time, and we have learned some painful lessons over the years making us very careful when it comes to hope,’ he said. 

Ms Strobel (pictured, second right) was last seen on a night out with Moran and two friends in Lismore

Ms Strobel (pictured, second right) was last seen on a night out with Moran and two friends in Lismore

Moran (right) married wealthy lawyer and yoga instructor Samantha Moran (left) in 2012 and is a father of two with a third child on the way

Moran (right) married wealthy lawyer and yoga instructor Samantha Moran (left) in 2012 and is a father of two with a third child on the way

Police have alleged Moran murdered Ms Strobel, who was found to have died from suffocation with a pillow or plastic bag.

Since his ex-girlfriend’s death, he has lived a life of luxury.

He married wealthy lawyer and yoga instructor Samantha Moran in 2012, has two young children with a third on the way and lives in a charming multi-million dollar home in the exclusive Perth suburb of City Beach.

Police told an inquest in 2007 they believed Moran killed Ms Strobel after he refused to return to Australia to give evidence.

Moran pictured in a 2005 NSW Police interview following the discovery of Ms Strobel's body found near their campsite in Lismore

Moran pictured in a 2005 NSW Police interview following the discovery of Ms Strobel’s body found near their campsite in Lismore

Ms Strobel's family hopes recent progress will finally see their daughter's murder resolved after 17 years

Ms Strobel’s family hopes recent progress will finally see their daughter’s murder resolved after 17 years

NSW coroner Paul McMahon found there was insufficient evidence to charge Moran but said he had a ‘very strong suspicion’ he was involved in the killing. 

Moran was formally refused bail during court on Thursday until his release application can be heard on August 3.

NSW Police confirmed on Thursday they have a warrant to arrest the two people Ms Strobel and Moran were camping with, Ms Suckfuell and Mr Martin.

Moran was arrested by WA Police on Tuesday and extradited to Sydney to face court on Thursday

Moran was arrested by WA Police on Tuesday and extradited to Sydney to face court on Thursday

They allege the two people helped Moran cover up Ms Strobel’s murder. 

However, the pair are now back living in Germany so NSW Police will need to work with German authorities.

Superintendent Scott Tanner, the commander of the Richmond police district, warned Ms Suckfuell and Mr Martin ‘it would be in their best interests to contact German authorities’.

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