THE mother of a German backpacker murdered in Northern Ireland more than thirty years ago has died.
Inga Maria Hauser’s body was found dumped in Ballypatrick Forest near Ballycastle in 1988, two weeks after the 18-year-old was last seen alive on a ferry from Scotland.
Her family has long campaigned to see those responsible for her murder brought before the courts, however no one has ever been charged with the crime.
Inga Maria’s elderly mother Almut died on Wednesday.
SDLP MLA John Dallat, who is involved in the campaign to find Ms Hauser’s killers, offered his condolences to the Hauser family.
He said: “Almut Hauser, the broken-hearted mother of Inga-Maria Hauser, died this morning without receiving justice for the brutal murder of her darling daughter 31 years ago.
“I have sent to her sister and nephew our deepest condolences on behalf of everyone who has supported the campaign and I have asked that we all remember this family in our prayers at this very difficult time.
“I have also renewed my appeal to anyone who knows anything about Inga’s murder to contact the detectives immediately.”
In 2009, Almut Hauser spoke to the Belfast Telegraph of her grief over her daughter’s killing.
“It’s very, very important for me to know what had happened in these days,” she said. “I want to know … what happened? I’m sure, that my Inga is not the only one who had been tortured by this killer.”
Mrs Hauser said it is “very, very important that the killer will be caught”.
Inga-Maria’s father Josef also died several years ago without seeing justice for his daughter.
A 59-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of Ms Hauser’s murder and later released on bail pending further inquiries.
In 2018, detectives said they believed several people were directly involved in the murder, or in its subsequent cover-up.
Police also found a male genetic profile at the crime scene and conducted one of the UK’s largest ever DNA screenings in a bid to track down the suspect. After analysing 2,000 DNA samples, however, no match was found.