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Saturday 22 September 2018

'Things will never be the same again' - vigil to be held in Dublin for Amy Fitzpatrick ten years after disappearance

MISSING: Amy Fitzpatrick. aged just 15, disappeared in Spain’s Costa Del Sol in 2008
MISSING: Amy Fitzpatrick. aged just 15, disappeared in Spain’s Costa Del Sol in 2008

Eugene Masterson

Missing Amy Fitzpatrick’s heartbroken dad has spoken out on the 10th anniversary of his daughter’s disappearance in Spain to say: “I will not rest until I find answers."

Amy went missing from Riviera del Sol, in Mijas Costa, near Fuengirola on New Year’s Day 2008.

Amy – who was then just 15 – had moved to Spain with her mum Audrey following the break-up of her parents’ marriage.

Today Amy’s dad Christopher and her family and friends will attend a vigil in Dublin.

Dave Mahon, who was living with Amy and Audrey in Spain, is serving a seven year prison sentence after he stabbed Amy’s brother Dean to death in Dublin in 2013.

Dean (23), was killed by Mahon during a row over a water bottle on Mahon’s bike.

Christopher Fitzpatrick. Photo: RTE
Christopher Fitzpatrick. Photo: RTE

Mahon was sentenced to seven years in jail for manslaughter, with the jury dismissing his claims that Dean had deliberately took his own life by running into the knife Mahon was brandishing.

“Christmas and New Year’s will never be the same again,” Amy's dad Christopher told the Sunday World.

“I am still devastated over the loss of my two children, Amy and Dean. Things will never be the same again."

He appealed for friends of Amy who have information to come forward.

“I would like to ask people, who were there 10 years ago when Amy went missing and may have information they can now share, to contact the police,” he said. “People went back to the UK and different parts of the world afterwards, and they should come forward.

“We just want to find Amy. We know where Dean is, but to bring Amy home would be great.”

(L to r) Christopher Fitzpatrick (father of Amy Fitzpatrick) & Dean Fitzpatrick (brother of Amy Fitzpatrick)
(L to r) Christopher Fitzpatrick (father of Amy Fitzpatrick) & Dean Fitzpatrick (brother of Amy Fitzpatrick)

Amy spent New Year’s Eve with her friends Ashley and Debbie Rose near her Spanish home. She was never seen again after leaving the Rose house around 10pm on New Year’s night to walk a few minutes back to her home.

Amy’s aunt, Christine, said Amy’s disappearance has had a devastating impact on the family.

“The family are is still devastated over all this. Who would expect two people in the one family to be the victims of such tragic circumstances?”

Amy’s friends and much of her family will attend today’s vigil at the Mansion House in Dublin at 2.30pm, at which the Lord Mayor will also be present.

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