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Two years since Amy vanished, I know our hopes are slim -- mum

The mother of Dublin teenager Amy Fitzpatrick, who disappeared in the south of Spain on New Year's Day two years ago, has said reports of attempted abductions in the area her daughter vanished have left her holding out only slim hopes she is alive.

Audrey Fitzpatrick also said she would never leave her Fuengirola home until she finds Amy, and that her daughter's pink bedroom still remains untouched there, waiting for her return.

For the second anniversary of Amy's mysterious vanishing, Audrey said she would try to cope with the loss just like she does any other day.



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Amy was 15 when she disappeared, and was last seen walking home from a friend's house near Mijas on the Costa del Sol at 10pm on New Year's Day 2008. She had taken a short-cut up a dirt lane after babysitting, and vanished without her passport or money.

Amy is originally from Donaghmede but moved to Spain in 2004 with her mother Audrey.

Her brother, Dean, has recently returned to Ireland to live with their father.

Asked what she thought the chances are that Amy was still alive, Audrey paused before saying: "We still have hope, you have to, but I think there is a 1pc chance that she ran away and a 99pc chance that she was abducted."

But as time goes on Audrey feels that the chances of Amy making contact grow slimmer.

"For her to not have made contact with us, especially with me or her brother, we were all very close, is just unbelievable," she said. "And for her not to have got in touch when her cousin was killed makes me think she is either not able or she is not around."

Amy's cousin, singer Beverley O'Sullivan, was killed in a car crash in India at the beginning of November.

Audrey also said that recent reports in newspapers of possible attempted abductions of young teenagers in her town had left her worried.

"There were reports of two men trying to grab two young girls into a van on November 23, and the older sister of a girl my son went to school with, who is also 15, was almost snatched at a supermarket," said Audrey.

"I also had a call from a woman locally who said the same thing happened to her two young granddaughters."

But despite the recent reports and the constant reminders of Amy's own disappearance, Audrey is determined to continue living in the shadows of her daughter's vanishing.

"I will never leave here while we don't know where Amy is. I even get anxious going back to Ireland for a few days because I fear that it might be a time where Amy could have plucked up the courage to come home and there would be nobody here," said Audrey.



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"Her room is still the same for her, all pink, the way she painted it herself. Some things have been added, like holy water, a lucky leprechaun, and the pink packaged Kylie perfume set my son bought for me last Christmas. Amy would have taken it from me anyway so it might as well be in her room," she said.

Audrey told the Herald that she still had monthly meetings with Spanish authorities and investigators, but that no new evidence or leads had come to light. "The help people have given us is incredible, and even in the last few months an Irish developer has funded two massive billboards on the motorway here," she said.

cfeehan@herald.ie


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