Monday 21 October 2019

Amy's police files still open five years after she vanished

Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

THE 'missing persons' file on 15-year-old Amy Fitzpatrick remains open in Spain five years after her disappearance.

There have been interviews, widespread trawls and searches of the Mijas Costa, in Spain's Costa del Sol, yet the Spanish Police found no trace of Amy.

Her heartbroken mother, Audrey Fitzpatrick, who moved to Spain from Dublin in 2004 with Amy and Dean, made appeals for information after her daughter failed to arrive home.

They had pinned up leaflets around the area with pictures of Amy. She vanished without any money, passport or phone. She was wearing a friend's clothes as she walked home with a bag of her own dirty clothes in her hand.

Searches were carried out by Guardia Civil in the days and weeks after her disappearance.

They centred their trawl around the area just outside Fuengirola where Amy was last seen as she walked home from a friend's house on New Year's Day 2008, but never arrived.

Amy's mother doggedly continued her campaign to find her daughter, as just last October she urged gardai to ask Spanish police to search another area.

She wanted police to search an address on the Costa del Sol, including digging in the garden, and speak to a man they suspect may have been involved in her daughter's disappearance.

Just last year, Ms Fitzpatrick confirmed Spanish police had agreed to interview a convicted Irish gangster, Eric 'Lucky' Wilson, who is serving a life sentence for murder. Wilson was living nearby to the family's home when she disappeared. The Dubliner is serving a 23-year sentence in Spain for the killing of a British expatriate, who was shot in an argument over a girl.

Ms Fitzpatrick said the girl was a friend of her daughter. She requested the interview after an anonymous tip on Facebook that Wilson had allegedly boasted about killing Amy.

Irish Independent

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