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Cold case breakthrough in killing of a 25-year-old kindergarten teacher whose naked body was found while backpacking around Australia 17 years ago – as her boyfriend, 42, is arrested

  • Boyfriend of murdered German backpacker Simone Strobel was arrested  
  • He will be extradited to New South Wales from Western Australia 
  • They were travelling Australia, Ms Strobel’s body was found in Lismore in 2005 
  • Was discovered that she had been suffocated with a pillow or plastic bag
  • No one has ever been charged over Ms Strobel’s death 
  • $1 million reward has been offered to solve the young school teacher’s murder

The boyfriend of German backpacker, 25-year-old kindergarten teacher Simone Strobel, whose body was found near a Lismore caravan park in 2005, will be extradited to NSW from Western Australia.

Tobias Friedrich Moran, formerly known as Tobias Suckfuell, had been travelling around Australia with Ms Strobel when her body was found near a Lismore caravan park in 2005. She had been suffocated with a pillow or plastic bag.

No one has ever been charged over her death.

German backpacker, 25-year-old kindergarten teacher, Simone Strobel’s (pictured) body was found near a Lismore caravan park in 2005, concealed under palm fronds at a sports ground.  Her body was found six days after having gone missing on February 11, less than 100 metres from the caravan park

Boyfriend Tobias Friedrich Moran (pictured), 42, formerly known as Tobias Suckfuell, was arrested and will be extradited to NSW from Western Australia

Boyfriend Tobias Friedrich Moran (pictured), 42, formerly known as Tobias Suckfuell, was arrested and will be extradited to NSW from Western Australia

Moran, 42, faced Perth Magistrates Court on Tuesday from custody in regards to an extradition application.

A police prosecutor told the court Moran had been arrested by a homicide detective from WA Police after a warrant was issued by their NSW counterparts.

He is expected to be flown to Sydney on Wednesday.

Magistrate Sandra De Maio said she would grant the order, telling Moran he would be released into the custody of police until he faced court in NSW.

Tobias Friedrich Moran (pictured left) had been travelling around Australia with Ms Strobel (right) when her body was found near a Lismore caravan park in 2005. She had been suffocated with a pillow or plastic bag

Tobias Friedrich Moran (pictured left) had been travelling around Australia with Ms Strobel (right) when her body was found near a Lismore caravan park in 2005. She had been suffocated with a pillow or plastic bag

Moran is due to face Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court on Thursday. NSW Police are yet to formally confirm the nature of his charges but confirmed a 42-year-old man had been arrested in relation to an ongoing investigation.

‘More information will be provided when it becomes available,’ a NSW Police spokesman said.

Moran’s lawyer Tony Elliott said his client had no previous known convictions and he was unaware of any other charges or bail proceedings.

Police have previously said they believe Ms Strobel was murdered by Moran, who refused to return to Australia to give evidence at her inquest.

Police have previously said they believe Ms Strobel (pictured) was murdered by Moran, who refused to return to Australia to give evidence at her inquest

Police have previously said they believe Ms Strobel (pictured) was murdered by Moran, who refused to return to Australia to give evidence at her inquest

Deputy NSW Coroner Paul McMahon in 2007 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 the 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.

A $1 million reward has been offered to solve the young school teacher’s murder.

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