€1m reward to find Amy
Friends put up money to help couple locate their daughter
THE parents of an Irish girl who went missing from her Spanish home have offered a €1m reward for information leading to her discovery dead or alive.
Amy Fitzpatrick's mother Audrey and stepfather Dave Mahon yesterday said four unnamed friends in Ireland had put up the cash to help them get their daughter back.
The money will be made available for a month starting from Monday. Amy vanished as she walked home from a friend's house in Mijas Costa, near Malaga, on New Year's Day 2008. She was 15 at the time.
Audrey (41), from Dublin, told a press conference at a Malaga hotel: "This offer is made not just for information on Amy because for the last two years and three-and-a-half months we've had many calls with information.
"This reward is for us to get Amy back one way or another. We have been thinking about doing this for a long time but obviously don't have the funds for doing this ourselves so we are lucky to have these people who have offered their money to help us."
Real estate agent Dave added: "These four friends in Ireland have put up €250,000 each, a total of €1m, to find our daughter dead or alive. The money has been lodged in our lawyer's account. The reward is valid from next Monday for one month only.
"We believe someone knows something about Amy's disappearance. We are going through hell and we want to find out what's happened to her either way. The month means they have a time limit. If they're not going to give Amy up after a month after this long time, we think they never will."
The couple looked tired as they spoke about their latest efforts to discover their daughter's whereabouts. Dave comforted Audrey by squeezing her hand as they sat behind a poster carrying a picture of Amy and the reward total. Audrey appeared close to tears as she spoke about coming to terms with the idea her daughter may be dead. "Some days we hope and pray Amy ran away but we know that's not the truth," she said.
"Some days we think she's alive, other days we think she's dead. Not knowing what's happened to her is awful.
"We desperately hope Amy's still alive but if she's not we want to know and we want her back so we (can) grieve her loss and put her to rest."
From Monday individuals will be available at all times to take calls on a Spanish mobile phone number: (0034) 687202907.
The cash is to be made available to anyone whose information leads to Amy's discovery 15 days after she is found alive or been certified dead. Callers can remain anonymous.