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'If she turns up dead I’ll probably just crawl in beside her' - Mother of missing Amy Fitzpatrick says Graham Dwyer trial inspired new search

David Kearns

Published 13/09/2015 | 13:47

Dave Mahon and Audrey Mahon on the way to Malaga last month
Dave Mahon and Audrey Mahon on the way to Malaga last month

The mum of missing Amy Fitzpatrick says the Graham Dwyer murder trial inspired her to travel to Spain to renew the search for the Irish teen.

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Devastated Audrey Mahon is back in Spain this week to step up efforts to find her daughter, who was aged 15 when she vanished almost eight years ago in Spain on New Year’s Day.

Traveling to Spain with husband Dave Mahon (44), who is awaiting trial for the murder of Dean Fitzpatrick (23) - brother of the missing Dublin teen, Ms Mahon told the Irish Sun on Sunday her decision to travel to Spain was inspired by the events surrounding the Graham Dwyer murder trial.

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“So I am in Spain and want a search done again. It’s seven years and eight months.

Amy Fitzpatrick, who went missing in southern Spain, seven years ago
Amy Fitzpatrick, who went missing in southern Spain, seven years ago
Amy Fitzpatrick

“It’s an awful way of thinking but we are looking at the Dwyer case, how that poor girl Elaine O’Hara was found,” she said.

“The land changes with the rain, the way the ground moves. Buildings, stuff like that, being made disused and new people going in and renovating places that were empty.

“I’d love to get a reconstruction done, it’s never been done in Spain. That would be hard work, it would be impossible as it’s never been done before.”

Childcare worker Elaine O’Hara’s body was found in September 2013 over a year after she disappeared.

Dwyer was convicted of her murder after a bag of evidence was found at the bottom of a reservoir where water levels had dropped to unusually low levels.

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“A lot of stuff comes to mind that we were never told until we saw it ourselves. The dirt road Amy walked when last seen is concreted in now.

David Mahon with his wife Audrey Mahon leaving the Central Criminal Court
David Mahon with his wife Audrey Mahon leaving the Central Criminal Court

“We went back and it was just there, with no buildings around it. We found it weird that it was on the place where she supposedly last walked — although I’m still very sceptical over that myself," added Ms Mahon.

Speaking to the Irish Sun on Sunday, the distraught mother vowed: “If [Amy] turns up dead I’ll probably just crawl in beside her and that’ll be the end of it.”

Dean Fitzpatrick Credit: Gerry Mooney
Dean Fitzpatrick Credit: Gerry Mooney

The former bar manager explained: “My main goal, my only goal, the only thing I have left now is looking for Amy.

“To be honest with you, of course I want to find her, but the day I find her I don’t know what way I’ll be after that because that’s my last bit of sanity I have left to hold on to.

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“That’s the way I feel, my job is over there’s nothing left, you know? I mean that.

“I think I will find her. I think I will… someone knows something, someone has to give at this stage, something has to come out somewhere.”

The crusading mum returned to the Costa Del Sol, where she once live with her children along with now husband Dave Mahon at the time of her daughter's disappearance, last week in a bid to refresh the minds of the locals and tourists at the popular holiday spot.

“As a rational person I’ve accepted she’s dead but as a mother I haven’t accepted it and I won’t accept it until I have proof. And then I suppose if I do want to hang onto my sanity, my next job will be finding out the what, where, why and who"

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The family relocated to Ireland after the teen's disappearance in 2008.

Despite her son’s death and her partner's alleged involvement, Ms Mahon married the 44-year-old in recent months.

Mr Mahon was charged with the killing in May 2013 at Northern Cross on Dublin’s Malahide Road. His trial is due to begin next April.

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