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fresh appeal Family of teen German backpacker murdered in Northern Ireland call for inquest 33 years on

Inga Maria Hauser was last seen travelling on a ferry from Scotland to Larne in 1988


The body of Inga Maria Hauser was found in a County Antrim forest in 1988

The body of Inga Maria Hauser was found in a County Antrim forest in 1988

The body of Inga Maria Hauser was found in a County Antrim forest in 1988

The family of murdered German teenager Inga Maria Hauser, whose body was found in a Northern Irish forest in 1988, have made a fresh appeal for information 33 years after their loved one died.

The body of the 18-year-old was found in Ballypatrick Forest near Ballycastle in north County Antrim after she was last seen on a ferry travelling from Scotland to Larne in April of that year.

Last summer after the PSNI submitted a file to the Public Prosecution Service on two people, however the PPS decided not to take the case further.

Now the family of the murdered teen, who was subjected to a particularly brutal attack before she died, have said that they would like an inquest into the murder.

Speaking on behalf of the family, a Northern Ireland-based lawyer said: "The Hauser family are now seeking an inquest to investigate the cold-blooded murder of beautiful Inga Maria.

"In the absence of any criminal prosecution the Coroner's Court have a duty to investigate any suspicious death in Northern Ireland.

"This will represent the first time after 33 years that evidence will be heard and challenged before a court and will offer some hope of getting information and justice for our clients who have suffered irreparable pain since the murder."

Since her murder, Inga's mother and father have passed away without ever seeing justice for their daughter.

Also speaking in an appeal to anyone who may have information on the murder was SDLP councillor Helena Dallat O'Driscoll, the daughter of the late SDLP MLA John Dallat, who campaigned tirelessly for justice for Inga and her family.

She said: "The Hauser family has suffered nonstop for over thirty years. Inga Maria was a much loved young woman when she came to Northern Ireland in the late 80s.

"She deserved so much better than to be so callously taken from her family and friends and left in Ballypatrick Forest. People want to see a conclusion to this vicious and ruthless murder.”

She added: “Dad’s last piece of work was a press release, written with a frail hand just weeks before we lost him, to mark Inga Maria’s anniversary and to call on those with information about her murder to come forward.

"I am repeating the call for those who know anything about this murder to share that information. I appeal directly to anyone with information to give their account of what they know about what happened on the night of 6 April 1988 when Inga Maria Hauser didn’t take the train from Larne to Belfast as planned, and her body was found two weeks later in Ballypatrick Forest."

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