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Man released on bail over 1988 murder of German backpacker Inga Maria Hauser

Inga was 18 years old when her body was found in Ballypatrick Forest in Co Antrim on 20 April 1988.

POLICE IN NORTHERN Ireland have released one of the men arrested in connection with the murder of German backpacker Inga Maria Hauser 30 years ago.

The 61-year-old man arrested yesterday by detectives from the PSNI serious crime branch has been released on bail pending further police enquiries.

A second man, aged 58, also arrested yesterday, remains in police custody.

The men were arrested in the Loughguile area of Co Antrim early yesterday morning.

Inga Maria Hauser murder Inga Maria Hauser Source: PA Archive/PA Images

‘Vicious assault’

The 18-year-old backpacker went missing after she arrived in Northern Ireland from Scotland on 6 April 1988.

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

Her body was discovered two weeks later in a remote part of Ballypatrick Forest, near Ballycastle, Co Antrim.

Inga Maria Hauser murder Ballypatrick Forest in Co Antrim where the body of 18-year-old Inga Maria Hauser was found on April 20 1988. Source: Niall Carson


The PSNI renewed their appeal for information last month on the 30th anniversary of Inga’s death.

On 1 May they said they had received the results of further DNA testing and were “getting closer” to identifying suspects in the case.

Inga Maria Hauser murder Source: PA Wire/PA Images

Speaking yesterday, Detective Chief Superintendent Raymond Murray renewed his appeal for information.

“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.

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