Thursday 22 March 2018

Disappearance investigation is still open but police have no new leads

Amy Fitzpatrick, who has been missing for over eight years Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Amy Fitzpatrick, who has been missing for over eight years Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Tom Brady

Tom Brady

More than eight years after her disappearance, Amy Fitzpatrick is still being treated as a high-priority case by the Garda Missing Persons Bureau.

The 15-year-old stepdaughter of Dave Mahon vanished as she walked the short distance from a friend's house to her home on the Costa del Sol in Spain on the night of January 1, 2008.

Since then, she has been the subject of a long-running investigation by Spanish police and the gardaí while Mahon and his wife, Audrey Fitzpatrick, spent thousands of euro to keep the case in the public spotlight. Although few believe that Amy is still alive, she continues to be officially regarded as a missing person.

Mahon, who was yesterday convicted of the manslaughter of Amy's older brother, Dean, is not suspected of having any involvement in the teenager's disappearance.

A senior garda officer told the Irish Independent last night: "At this stage, there is no evidence, either here or in Spain, to suggest that Amy is dead and we continue to co-operate with the Spanish police whenever a new line of inquiry emerges."

Two senior garda officers flew to Spain for face-to-face talks with the local police after an earlier meeting with Dave Mahon and Audrey Fitzpatrick at Garda Headquarters in the Phoenix Park.

As a result of that meeting, arrangements were made for Spanish investigators to give separate briefings on developments in the case to the couple and the family of Amy's father, Christopher.

Extensive inquiries in both countries were also carried out after Mahon said they had been informed by criminal sources that notorious killer and alleged gangland 'gun for hire' Eric 'Lucky' Wilson had boasted in a pub that he had killed Amy. Wilson is currently serving a 23-year prison term in Spain for murder.

Mahon claimed that the information they had received was credible and that they were close to solving the mystery of Amy's disappearance.

However, investigations in Ireland and Spain established that Wilson, from Cremona Road in Ballyfermot, Dublin, was not in the Costa del Sol at the time Amy went missing.

Mahon said he had information from six different criminal sources that Wilson murdered Amy and that at the time of her disappearance he was living in apartments in the Riviera del Sol area, close to the Hotel Oasis, which was frequented by Amy to use their internet connection.

But inquiries established that Wilson was not known to anybody at the apartments and he was ruled out as a suspect.

A senior garda admitted last night: "We are back to square one with our inquiries but we continue to liaise with the Spanish and any help they require will continue to be provided."

Irish Independent

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