Toby Moran biography: 13 things about German man born Tobias Suckfuell

Tobias “Toby” Friedrich Moran is a German man based in Australia. His sister Kathrin Suckfuell works as a medical assistant in Hammelberg, Germany.

Originally from Bavaria, Germany, Toby was born Tobias Suckfuell. Here are 13 more things about him:


  1. In 1999, he started dating Simone Monika Strobel of Würzburg, Bavaria. They were of the same age.
  2. In August 2004, he and Strobel arrived in Australia for a one-year working holiday.
  3. In January 2005, Katrin arrived in Australia with a friend named Jens Martin. On February 11, 2005, he, Strobel, Katrin and Martin checked in to the Lismore Tourist Caravan Park in Lismore, New South Wales, Australia. They spent the night drinking at the Gollan Hotel in Lismore but Paul Harris, the bar manager, ejected them at 11:10 p.m. so they returned to the caravan park. Strobel left the campsite after criticizing him and Katrin for arguing about family matters, according to him and Martin. On February 12, 2005, Kathrin and Martin started to look for Strobel. On February 13, 2005, he, Kathrin and Martin checked out of the caravan park before reporting Strobel missing at the Lismore Police Station.
  4. On February 17, 2005, Strobel was found dead on a bocce court in the Lismore Continental Club, which is less than 100 meters from the campsite in Lismore where she disappeared. He was flown to Germany with her body on a flight funded by the Lismore community.
  5. In June 2005, German authorities named him the prime suspect in Strobel’s murder but no charges were laid. After her death, he moved to South Africa where he worked in a resort town. In South Africa, he met Australian ski instructor Samantha Moran, the daughter of wealthy dentist and property investor John Moran of Perth, Western Australia, Australia.
  6. In 2007, he refused an offer from New South Wales Police to fly him from South Africa to Australia for a coronial inquest of Strobel’s death. On the other hand, Martin flew back from Germany to Lismore. He, Kathrin and Martin lied to police about their activities the night Strobel disappeared, according to the evidence given by Martin.
  7. While living in South Africa in 2010, he and Samantha wrote notes discussing Strobel’s death.
  8. In 2012, he married Samantha in Altbessingen, Bavaria. Before their wedding, he was accused of asking one of the guests to provide hash for his wedding reception and was arrested. He appeared in court before being released to attend his wedding, which was held at his family’s farmhouse located 30km from Strobel’s parents’ house in Würzburg. After the wedding, he changed his name to Tobias Friedrich Moran and moved with Samantha to a million dollar house in City Beach, Perth owned by her father John.
  9. In September 2014, he went to court to stop Schwartz Publishing‘s publication of “Have You Seen Simone?” by Virginia Peters, a book about Strobel’s death, and complained the book implied he was a murderer. Western Australia Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Martin rejected the case and told him there was reasonable suspicion that he was a murderer. Afterwards, he sued Schwartz Publishing and Peters for defamation, claiming the book wrongly implied he was guilty of murder.
  10. In 2016, he asserted claims of privilege over six ­documents filed by way of discovery in his defamation action against Schwartz Publishing and Peters. The documents included notes he and Samantha wrote in South Africa in 2010. In 2017, he waived his legal privilege and provided his notes to the police.
  11. In 2020, New South Wales Police posted a Aus$1million (US$695,000) reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for Strobel’s death and said he remained a person of interest.
  12. On July 26, 2022, he was arrested at a home in City Beach by detectives from Richmond Police District with assistance from Western Australia Police.
  13. He was 42 years old when he was arrested on July 26, 2022. That day, he faced an extradition hearing in Perth Magistrates Court. While he did not fight the extradition, his barrister Anthony Elliott indicated in court he will apply for bail in New South Wales.
Simone Monika Strobel (©New South Wales Police)
Simone Monika Strobel (©New South Wales Police)

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