Thursday 20 July 2017

Mum pins hopes on 'missing Amy' book to yield clues

Nick Bramhill

Amy Fitzpatrick: went missing on New Year 2008

THE mother of missing schoolgirl Amy Fitzpatrick has written a book about her daughter in the hope that it will solve the mystery of her disappearance.

There has been no trace of the Dublin-born teenager since she vanished near her home in the Spanish resort of Fuengirola on New Year's Day in 2008, when she was just 15.

Audrey (41) said the new book, which took her and partner David Mahon two years to write and which will also be translated into Spanish, represented the best chance of ending her three-year ordeal.

She said she hoped her written memories of her daughter, now 19, and cherished family photos could jog readers' memories and yield a vital clue.

And she said she wanted the book, which will simply be called 'Amy' and is to be published later this year, to be sold in airports because of the high volume of passing travellers.

"I've just finished the book and it's been like a form of therapy for me. Myself and Dave wrote for most nights over the past couple of years, but we worked separately, with both of us putting down our own memories.

"When we started out writing it wasn't our initial intention to get it published, but I now think it could be our best chance of finding her."

Audrey, who is from Donaghmede in Dublin, said she hoped the book would raise much-needed funds for her campaign, which includes an 'Amy's Day' on the first day of every month, when she and Mr Mahon (38) visit a town or city on the Spanish coast to put up posters to galvanise support from locals.

Last year the family offered a reward of €1m for information leading to the discovery of Amy. They received 321 calls, but all of them turned out to be hoaxes.

Irish Independent

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