Missing Amy Fitzpatrick may have left home in Spain 'of own accord', say police
Spanish police investigating the disappearance of Irish teenager Amy Fitzpatrick say she may have left "of her own accord".
Amy disappeared as she walked back from a friend's house to her home which she shared with her mother Audrey Fitzpatrick, brother Dean and stepfather Dave Mahon in the Costa Del Sol on January 1, 2008.
The teenager, who was originally from Coolock in Dublin, was just 15 at the time.
A lead Civil Guard investigator involved in the case since the start, speaking on condition of anonymity because of his sensitive work in a Malaga-based specialist unit probing homicides as well as disappearances including Amy's, said: "The investigation is still open.
"We're not ruling out the possibility it was an involuntary disappearance but we've got nothing at the moment to indicate it was."
The detectives say they have received "wide-ranging testimony" suggesting Amy was not happy living in Spain.
"As police officers, we've got to stick to the facts and not what we think or imagine could have happened because generally we'll be wrong.
"The current indicators we have in this case point to Amy disappearing of her own accord."
They insisted Dean's tragic death and Dave Mahon's subsequent manslaughter conviction had no bearing on their investigation.
Earlier this month, Dave Mahon (45) was found guilty of killing Dean Fitzpatrick on May 26, 2013.
The 23-year-old received a single stab wound to the stomach outside the apartment his mother Audrey shared with Mahon at Burnell Square, Northern Cross in Malahide.
Mahon and Dean's mother Audrey Fitzpatrick were married last year, two years after his death.
Spanish police admitted they had never quizzed gangland assassin Eric 'Lucky' Wilson - linked by Audrey and Dave to Amy's disappearance - but said they had satisfied themselves he was not in Spain under his own name or any of his known aliases when the teenager went missing.
The investigator revealed they had also drawn a blank after checking out supposed sightings of Amy as far afield as Igualada near Barcelona, and a bus station in Zaragoza, northern Spain.
"I hope that one day we'll be able to say what's happened to Amy but at the moment her disappearance remains a mystery."