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Two men arrested over 1988 murder of German backpacker Inga Maria Hauser

Inga was 18 years old when she went missing shortly after arriving in Northern Ireland.

PSNI DETECTIVES INVESTIGATING the murder of Inga Maria Hauser 30 years ago have arrested two men on suspicion of her murder.

The men, who are aged 58 and 61, were arrested in the Loughguile area of Co Antrim early this morning.

The 18-year-old went missing after she arrived in Northern Ireland from Scotland on 6 April 1988. Her body was discovered two weeks later in a remote part of Ballypatrick Forest, near Ballycastle, Co Antrim.

Police believe she was subjected to a vicious assault, which left her with a broken neck, shortly after arriving by ferry.

Inga is described as having been a friendly and popular person by friends and family, someone with a keen interest in meeting new people.

The PSNI renewed their appeal for information last month. On 1 May they said they had received the results of further DNA testing and were “getting closer” to identifying suspects in the case.

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Detective Chief Superintendent Raymond Murray renewed his appeal for information this morning.

“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.

Superintendent Murray warned that withholding information can be a criminal offence.

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