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Nephew of murdered Inga-Maria Hauser makes emotional visit to Northern Ireland

The nephew of murdered Inga-Maria Hauser has made an emotional visit to Northern Ireland to pay tribute to his deceased aunt.

Viktor Liebl visited Ballypatrick Forest near to Ballycastle to lay flowers at a recently erected memorial stone, and expressed his gratitude to all those who had pursued justice for Inga-Maria.

Inga Maria Hauser (18) from Munich was last seen alive on April 6, 1988 while crossing from Scotland to Larne.

Her body was found two weeks later in Ballypatrick Forest in Co Antrim.

Her nephew was born four years after her death and grew up watching the toll the death had taken on the family.

Viktor stressed that his aunt's tragic death had not affected his feelings towards the people on the island of Ireland.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph in April, Viktor said: "Everyone here knew her and seemed to love her. My mother was the older sister who always had to follow the rules, but Inga Maria was allowed to do everything, so sometimes they would have clashes about that.

"But they were a very happy family at the time, now I'm left with what remains of that."

SDLP MLA for East Derry John Dalley accompanied Viktor on his visit to Ballycastle.

He said it was a "great honour" to meet Inga-Maria's nephew, and to "spend time with him assuring him that the grief of the Hauser family is our grief and that of the entire community throughout Northern Ireland and beyond".

“Throughout this island people are praying and hoping that the highly skilled detectives from the PSNI currently working on the case will have success in the courts because only then will there be justice," he said.

“During his visit Viktor had the opportunity to visit the Glens of Antrim and walk the Peace Bridge in Derry as well as tour the walls of the city.”

A renewed appeal for information about the murdered teenager was made in April and resulted in two men being arrested in the 30-year-old case.

A 58-year-old man and a 61-year-old man were taken into custody by police in the Loughguile area of Co Antrim, before later being bailed.

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