A CONVICTED Irish gangster serving a life sentence for murder is to be quizzed by Spanish police over the disappearance of missing teenager Amy Fitzpatrick, the Irish Independent can reveal.
Amy's mother, Audrey Fitzpatrick, confirmed last night that Spanish police had agreed to interview Eric 'Lucky' Wilson over the teenager's disappearance four years ago.
She vanished from the family's Spanish home, in Calahona on the Costa del Sol, on New Year's Day 2008 when Wilson was living nearby.
Mrs Fitzpatrick last night said she was also hopeful that gardai would be permitted to join their Spanish counterparts in interrogating the notorious gangster.
Wilson (29), from Ballyfermot, Dublin, is serving a 23-year-sentence in a Spanish prison after being convicted last year for the brutal killing of British expatriate Dan Smith, whom Wilson shot eight times at close range following a drunken argument over a girl in June 2010.
The girl in question was a friend of the missing teenager and the victim was also known to her, Mrs Fitzpatrick said.
The development came after an anonymous tipster approached the Fitzpatrick family on Facebook and told them that Wilson had allegedly boasted about killing Amy.
While this lead could turn out to be a red herring, Mrs Fitzpatrick said there was enough circumstantial evidence pointing to Wilson to warrant an investigation.
"There are a lot of connections," she told this newspaper.
"It (the shooting of Mr Smith) happened only around the corner and he (Wilson) was living in the area at the time (of Amy's disappearance)."
Although the Fitzpatrick family -- including Audrey's partner Dave Mahon and her son Dean -- may have to brace themselves for the worst if the killer admits to any crime linked to Amy's disappearance, at least it will give them closure, she added.
"The way we are now, we just want an answer, whether she's dead or not," she said. "All we want is to know where she is."
Mrs Fitzpatrick confirmed that the police interview with Wilson was imminent after she received a phone call from the Spanish police late yesterday as she was preparing to launch her book, 'Please Find My Amy', last night.
The book, co-written by crime journalist Michael O'Toole, details Mrs Fitzpatrick's relentless search for her missing daughter. It will go on sale on June 5.