Appeal to catch Inga's killers 30 years on

Inga Maria Hauser, who was last seen alive 30 years ago, as she travelled by ferry from Scotland to Northern Ireland
Inga Maria Hauser, who was last seen alive 30 years ago, as she travelled by ferry from Scotland to Northern Ireland

A detective hunting the killers of a German backpacker says he only needs fractional pieces of evidence to bring the chief suspects to justice.

Munich teenager Inga Maria Hauser was last seen alive 30 years ago, as she travelled by ferry from Scotland to Northern Ireland.

She had previously journeyed from Liverpool to Preston, before heading north to Scotland and on to Larne in Northern Ireland on April 6, 1988.

The 18-year-old’s body was discovered two weeks later - on April 20 1988 - in a remote part of Ballypatrick Forest on the outskirts of Ballycastle, Co Antrim. No one has ever been convicted.

Police believe a number of people may have been involved either directly or in the cover-up and have a male DNA profile from the crime scene but have yet to secure a positive match.

On the 30th anniversary of Ms Hauser’s disappearance, Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) Detective Chief Superintendent Raymond Murray warned the killers that the net was closing.

“We are investigators and we keep an open mind but the evidence and the information and the intelligence that we have to date has led us to focus on a very, very small number of individuals,” he said.

Mr Murray confirmed that all the suspects were still alive, though he declined to confirm whether they still lived in the north Antrim area.

“They will know who they are,” he said.

The senior detective is heading a two-week awareness campaign in a bid to secure the last pieces of the evidential jigsaw.

Police want to speak to anyone who saw the teenager or has any information about her disappearance. Call 101 or 0800 555 111.