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Missing Amy Fitzpatrick: Was she living rough?
May 24, 2011 at
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May 24, 2011 at
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• Controversy surrounds Amy's disappearance
By Wendy Williams
SHOCKING new police files have emerged allegedly confirming the troubled life of missing teenager Amy Fitzpatrick.
A series of witness statements purport to show the 15-year-old, who vanished on New Years Day 2008, was a wild child living a lifestyle spiralling out of control.
And in disturbing extracts from her diary, first published in Ireland’s Sunday World, the teenager emerges as a sad and lonely girl who missed her home in Ireland and had to forage for food in bins.
In one of the most distressing entries, released by her aunt Christine Kenny, Amy actually draws herself living in a cardboard box with an arrow pointing to bins where she gets her food.
She writes: “I smell of dog s**t and I haven’t had a shower in 2 years and I moved into my new house 2 day (sic) and it’s quite small and it’s not been painted.
“I am hoping to paint my cardboard box soon.”
The latest evidence – which suggests she could have been living rough – backs the claims reported by the Olive Press in 2009.
Sources then told the paper that she occasionally slept in fields and sometimes seemed hungry. She often didn’t attend school.
However her mother – and close friend Kim Simpson – slammed the new reports as wildly inaccurate, insisting that Amy was a normal teenager and never went without food.
Her mother Audrey, who is about to release a book on the case, described the claims by Christine as ‘a kick in the teeth’.
She said: “This woman says now that she will never give up her search for Amy.
“But where was she before my daughter vanished? The last contact she had with Amy was three years before she vanished.”
She added: “Teenagers will always be teenagers and there were times Amy walked out after a row and stayed with friends.”
Her friend Kim added: “I think this thing about foraging in bins is bullshit.
“Amy never went without. She may have stayed away from home a lot out of choice but she was always welcome there and there was always food for her.”
But Amy’s aunt and father Christopher Fitzpatrick, who live in Dublin, insist they can back up the claims with evidence.
And their claims are supported by a crucial letter – which the Olive Press has read – in which a mother of one of Amy’s friend’s pleaded to the Irish authorities to take her into care for her own safety.
Last night Christine Kenny, told the Olive Press: “It doesn’t matter when I last saw Amy, whether it was three years ago or six.
“She is my blood relative and I won’t rest easy until I find the truth.”
She added: “It is all coming out about her lifestyle, and the truth has to be told. I am sure the secret to her disappearance lies in the life she was leading.”
Christine meanwhile picked up some clothes Amy had left at the house of close friend Ashley Rose on the day she disappeared.
She had been staying at the house since Christmas Eve.
“She had to borrow clothes off Ashley as hers were in bits and her shoes were falling apart,” claimed Christine. “It just shows how she was living.”
Interestingly, the latest police reports reveal that three witnesses have come forward alleging they saw Amy with a mystery blonde in the Trafalgar Bar, in Calahonda’s El Zoco centre hours after her previous last reported sighting.
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