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Memorial service held for Inga-Maria Hauser

A special memorial service was held in Ballypatrick Forest, Ballycastle to remember murdered German backpacker Inga Maria Hauser
A special memorial service was held in Ballypatrick Forest, Ballycastle to remember murdered German backpacker Inga Maria Hauser
Inga-Maria Hauser

By Lisa Smyth

The family of murdered backpacker Inga-Maria Hauser have expressed gratitude to those who attended a ceremony to mark the 31st anniversary of her murder.

A group of people from across Northern Ireland gathered at the lonely spot in Ballypatrick Forest where the remains of the 18-year-old German tourist were discovered more than three decades ago.

Ms Hauser, from Munich, went missing after she arrived in Larne on a ferry from Stranraer in Scotland on April 6, 1988.

Her body was found two weeks later. It is believed she was murdered and her body dumped hours after she arrived in Northern Ireland.

A campaign to bring her killer to justice has gathered pace in recent years, as well as efforts to demonstrate to the Hauser family that the much-loved and talented teenager has not been forgotten by the community so horrified by her bloody murder 31 years ago.

Following Saturday's ceremony, Ms Hauser's only sister, Fredericke, said: "What a wonderful gift to Inga-Maria. Thank you so much for visiting her memorial. This day makes me sad every year, even every March 29, the day she left."

SDLP MLA John Dallat, who has been at the forefront of efforts to uncover the truth about the murder, said people here will never give up the quest for justice.

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