Mother to re-trace last steps of missing teen Amy
THE mother of missing Irish schoolgirl Amy Fitzpatrick will spend New Year's Eve re-tracing the last known steps her daughter took in the hope of finding a vital clue that led to her disappearance.
Dubliner Amy was 15-years- old when she vanished on New Year's Day 2008 as she walked home from a friend's house in Spain's Costa Del Sol.
But her mother, Audrey, said she is convinced she is still alive and believes the most likely scenario is that she is living with an older man who has brainwashed her.
Speaking just days before the third anniversary of her disappearance, heartbroken Audrey urged her daughter to pick up the phone just to let her know she is safe. "I'm certain she's still alive and won't stop looking for her until she is found.
"On New Year's Eve, I will walk back over the route she took when she disappeared, and go over every single step. That same night, I'll also be putting up posters of her and lighting candles. She's somewhere, but I don't know where. But I believe she was smitten after meeting someone and thought the grass would be greener to go off with him.
"It's probably an older man, who brainwashed her into going to live with him. That's the only thing I can think that happened." Audrey and partner David Mahon have also revealed they are taking steps to ease their constant heartache by moving from the Malaga home where Amy, who would be now 18, lived with them up to the day she was last seen.
Audrey said: "We're in the middle of moving at the moment. We're staying in the area, but we decided to move because there are too many painful memories here."