Forensic tests will decide identity

POLICE say they suspect the badly-decomposed body of a young woman found in Lismore is that of missing German tourist Simone Strobel.

But the body, found on Thursday, is yet to be forensically identified.

Detectives are now running parallel investigations into the discovery and the disappearance on February 11 of Ms Strobel, a kindergarten teacher who was on a working holiday in Australia.

The body was found near the caravan park where she was staying in Lismore.

Strike Force Howea, involving 25 detectives, has been formed to investigate the cases.

Richmond Local Area Commander, Superintendent Bruce Lyons, said there were suspicions that the body was that of the missing 25-year-old.

"We are running both the investigations in parallel and I'm hopeful in the next few days the body will be able to be formally identified," he said.

Ms Strobel was on holiday with her German boyfriend Tobias Suckfuell, 24.

They were camping at Lismore Tourist Caravan Park with Mr Suckfuell's 28-year-old sister, Katrin Suckfuell, and her boyfriend Jens Martins.

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