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Two arrested over 1988 murder of German backpacker Inga Maria Hauser in Northern Ireland

Two men have been arrested in connection with the murder of a German backpacker in Co Antrim in 1988.

Inga Maria Hauser was found dead in Ballypatrick Forest after going missing when she arrived in Northern Ireland from Scotland.

She had last been seen on a ferry from Scotland 14 days earlier.

The PSNI recently appealed for new information in the case and travelled to Scotland in an attempt to gather evidence.

They said that they were "getting closer" to identifying suspects in the case.

The two men, aged 58 and 61, were arrested in the Loughguile area of County Antrim early on Monday morning and are currently being interviewed by detectives.

Detective Chief Superintendent Raymond Murray renewed his appeal for information in relation to the killing.

“If there are any witnesses still out there with any further information which might help police then I would ask them to come forward now and speak to detectives," he said.

“Even if there are people who know what happened but have stayed silent out of friendship or family loyalty, it is still not too late to come forward and tell us what you know.

“Failure to do so can be a criminal offence in itself and surely it would be better to come to police and discuss what happened rather than take the risk we will come to you.

“If you have information call 101 and ask to speak to  Serious Crime Branch detectives in Maydown.”

East Londonderry SDLP MLA John Dallat  said that the arrests are significant.

“This is the first time the police have announced the arrest of anyone in connection with the brutal murder of Inga Maria Hauser," Mr Dallat said.

“As we speak, no-one has been charged or convicted of this dreadful crime, so we must hope that this development will lead to justice for the Hauser Family and that they will be able to begin to have closure.

“Inga Maria wasn’t simply a backpacker. She was the child of Josef and Almut Hauser whose lives were devastated by the news that their beautiful and highly talented daughter was found by a sheep farmer in Ballypatrick Forest eleven days after her body was dumped there. The Hauser family deserve justice for their daughter and I am grateful to the police for keeping this case open.”

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