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Poem imagines the final moments of Inga-Maria's life

By Allan Preston

An award-winning poet has composed a new work in which she imagines the last moments of a teenage German backpacker who was the victim of a notorious unsolved murder in Co Antrim 30 years ago.

Inga-Maria Hauser was 18 when she went missing after taking a ferry from Scotland to Larne in April 1988.

Her body was discovered two weeks later in Ballypatrick Forest.

A memorial stone was erected earlier this year at the spot where her body was found.

Clare McCotter has followed the campaign to catch her killer or killers for several years, and attended the unveiling of the memorial stone.

At the ceremony, she recited a trilogy of poems she wrote to mark the 30th anniversary of Inga-Maria's murder.

Ms McCotter's work has won numerous awards and has been published worldwide.

The new poem - Memorial Deer - puts into verse her interpretation of the last moments of the Munich student's life as she struggled, and questioned why she had to die.

Police launched an extensive appeal for information in April on the 30th anniversary of Inga-Maria's killing.

Two men, aged 58 and 61, were arrested for questioning in the Loughguile area of Co Antrim. Both were later released on bail.

Last month Inga-Maria's nephew Viktor Leibl (25) visited Northern Ireland for the first time, paying his respects at the memorial.

He said his family took comfort from the fact that so many people here have kept her memory alive.

He added that his mother Friederike, Inga-Maria's sister, also planned to make a visit in the future.

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