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Inga Maria Hauser's family release tape of her singing shortly before murder

Muurdered German backpacker Inga Maria Hauser, whose body was found north Antrim in 1988

THE family of murdered German backbacker Inga Maria Hauser have released a recording of her singing shortly before she died.

The 18-year-old from Munich was killed 29 years ago after arriving in Northern Ireland on a ferry from Scotland.

Her 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. A man arrested and questioned last year was released without charge.

An audio tape of her playing a guitar and singing the folk song Greensleeves was released by her family to Dublin blogger Keeley Moss who runs a dedicated website to highlight the unsolved crime.

"I have sought and received the permission of the Hauser family to make available, for the first time ever, a world exclusive - an extraordinary recording Inga Maria made of herself singing and playing guitar," Ms Moss said on her blog.

"For one thing it is the unprecedented sound of her voice, the voice that was permanently silenced the night she arrived in Northern Ireland.

"It is the sound of a voice and guitar-playing that never had the chance to be recorded in a professional studio, never had a chance to be heard on a concert stage or from a radio. It is a sound that never had the chance to reach beyond her Munich bedroom. Until now."

She said she is hoping the recording will be "shared by thousands of people" to increase the chances it will be seen by those who know who murdered Inga Maria.

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