Inga Maria Hauser information appeal

The daughter of the late John Dallat has appealed for information into the murder of German backpacker Inga Maria Hauser on the 33rd anniversary of her death.

Tuesday, 6th April 2021, 9:36 am

Cllr Helena Dallat O’Driscoll spoke this week on her father’s tireless work to ensure that the case of the 18-year-old from Munich, whose body was found in Ballypatrick Forest, was not forgotten.

SDLP councilor Dallat O’Driscoll commented: “The Hauser family has suffered nonstop for over 30 years. Inga Maria was a much loved young woman when she came to Northern Ireland in the late 80s. She deserved so much better than to be so callously taken from her family and friends and left in Ballypatrick Forest. People want to see a conclusion to this vicious and ruthless murder.

“Dad’s last piece of work was a press release, written with a frail hand just weeks before we lost him, to mark Inga Maria’s anniversary and to call on those with information about her murder to come forward. I am repeating the call for those who know anything about this murder to share that information. I appeal directly to anyone with information to give their account of what they know about what happened on the night of April 6, 1988 when Inga Maria Hauser didn’t take the train from Larne to Belfast as planned, and her body was found two weeks later in Ballypatrick Forest.

“Inga’s parents died without any justice for their daughter. She is survived by her sister Friederike and her nephew Viktor who are heartbroken and desperately need closure for their loved one’s brutal killing. There are people with information that could lead to her killer being prosecuted. Those involved must be brought to justice.”

The Hauser family lawyer, Claire McKeegan, Phoenix Law, also commented: “The Hauser family are now seeking an inquest to investigate the cold-blooded murder of beautiful Inga Maria. In the absence of any criminal prosecution the Coroners Court have a duty to investigate any suspicious death in Northern Ireland. This will represent the first time after 33 years that evidence will be heard and challenged before a court and will offer some hope of getting information and justice for our clients who have suffered irreparable pain since the murder.”