Twist in case of German surfer who lived a luxury life in Australia before being charged with murder – as cops pursue TWO suspects in Europe
- Simone Strobel, 25, went missing in 2005 and was found dead a few days later
- Then-boyfriend Toby Moran has been extradited from Perth on a murder charge
- Police have now revealed they are also hunting two more suspects in Germany
Two more suspects are being pursued over the alleged 2005 killing of German backpacker Simone Strobel, after her surfer boyfriend was charged with her murder on Tuesday.
Ms Strobel, 25, went missing near a Lismore caravan park before her decomposing body was found six days later.
Moran’s lawyer appeared in court on Thursday to discuss his bail options as police revealed they are seeking two other suspects over Ms Strobel’s killing.
Detectives said they are working with German police to find two further unnamed suspects, who they will allege helped Mr Moran cover up the killing.
Tobias Moran, now 42, was arrested and extradited from Western Australia to Sydney and charged with Simone Strobel’s killing this week
His lawyer appeared in court on Thursday to discuss his bail options as police revealed they are seeking two other suspect over Ms Strobel’s killing
The former Tobias Suckfuell, has been living under his new name Toby Moran with wealthy lawyer and yoga instructor wife Samantha Moran (pictured above) in the elite Perth suburb of City Beach for more than a decade
Toby Moran (above when he was Tobias Suckfuell with then girlfriend Simone Strobel) has been charged with her 2005 murder in Lismore and extradited from Perth to Sydney
Toby Moran is handcuffed and led away from his wealthy wife’s multi-million dollar Perth beach shack for extradition to Sydney where he will face court on Thursday charged with murder
Superintendent Scott Tanner, the commander of the Richmond police district, called on the two suspects to come forward.
‘Clearly those two people know who they are,’ he said. ‘It would be in their best interests to contact German authorities.’
Mr Tanner said the charges sought against the pair will be accessory after the fact for murder and perverting the course of justice.
Mr Moran will apply for bail next week from jail but did not appear via audio visual link in Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court on Thursday when his case was mentioned.
His lawyer Vivian Evans asked the magistrate to keep the bail application in Sydney due to ‘relevant parties flying from Perth’ and the logistical issues with hearing the matter in Lismore – where it will end up.
Ms Evans said she was still working with the public prosecutor on what bail conditions might look like if granted.
Moran was formally refused bail until his release application can be heard on August 3. The case will then be transferred to Lismore with the next court date set down for September 28.
The now 42-year-old had been travelling around Australia with Ms Strobel when her body was found near a Lismore caravan park in 2005.
The 25-year-old schoolteacher had been suffocated with a pillow or plastic bag.
Ms Strobel’s killing has remained unsolved despite the establishment of a police strike force and the NSW government offering a $1 million reward in 2020.
On Tuesday, it emerged Moran had been arrested in connection with the case after a NSW warrant was issued.
He has since been charged with murder and acting with intent to pervert the course of justice.
Representing him in Perth Magistrates Court on Tuesday, lawyer Tony Elliott said Moran had no previous known convictions.
Simone Strobel was found decomposing and covered in palm fronds, pushed through the fence of a bocce court 90m from the caravan park where she and Mr Moran had been camping with his sister Kathrin
The grieving parents of Simone Strobel (left) in Bavaria have been seeking answers for years since her 2005 alleged murder after last being seen on CCTV (right) six days before her naked decomposing body was found pushed through a fence near the Suckfuell siblings’ campsite
As Mr Moran was led off in handcuffs to be extradited and face a Sydney court charged with murder, his wife Samantha (above, the couple together) is preparing to give birth to their third child in Perth
The fibro house owned by Samantha Moran’s family is in a street of multi-million dollar knockdowns in the same suburb as her wealthy parents, John and Sandy
Tobias Suckfuell (above) in a NSW Police interview following the discovery of his then girlfriend’s body pushed through a fence near their campsite in Lismore
Police told an inquest in 2007 they believed Ms Strobel was murdered by Moran, who refused to return to Australia to give evidence at the inquest.
NSW coroner Paul McMahon found there was insufficient evidence to recommend charges but said he had a ‘very strong suspicion’ Moran, then known as Suckfuell, was involved in the killing.
Ms Strobel had been on a night out with Moran and friends when she was last seen at Lismore Tourist Caravan Park on February 11, 2005.
Her body was found six days later, concealed under palm fronds at a sports ground, less than 100 metres from the caravan park.
Authorities in Germany also offered a reward in 2014 of 10,000 euros to German and Australian residents with any information about Ms Strobel’s death.
Speaking in Lismore on Thursday, NSW Police Minister Paul Toole said the arrest marked ‘a significant milestone and breakthrough’ in the case.
‘This murder shocked this community and has been something that the community has been … wanting answers to for a number of years,’ he said.
‘We are a step closer to having answers for the community, the family and friends of Simone Strobel.’