THE family of missing Amy Fitzpatrick has relaunched an appeal for information on the teenager’s disappearance.
The news comes as Spanish police vowed to extradite any suspects from Ireland, following the fatal stabbing of Amy’s brother by their mother’s partner Dave Mahon.
Dean – the brother of La Cala resident Amy who went missing aged 15 in 2008 – was taken to hospital but pronounced dead a short time later.
Mahon, a former Calahonda estate agent, has admitted stabbing Dean outside the Dublin flat he shares with Amy’s mother Audrey, but claims it was self defence.
Amy and Dean’s aunt, Christine Kenny, who worked closely with us to investigate Amy’s disappearance in 2008, told the Olive Press: “It is urgent now that people come forward to discover once and for all what happened to Amy.
“If there is anybody in Spain who knows, who was perhaps too scared to talk before, well please ring us… there shouldn’t be any fear now.”
After an extensive investigation in 2011, the Olive Press published an in-depth profile on the tragic teenager in the months after she disappeared on New Year’s Day in 2008.
It served as a damning indictment of her mother and Mahon, with sources telling the paper she had been neglected and was not happy at home.
It emerged she had not been attending school and had sometimes been living rough near the family home.
We can now reveal she had even been working in a local bar.
“This poor child is still missing,” added the heartbroken aunt who hopes Dean’s death may lead to more information on his sister.
“The Olive Press did a great job in shining some proper light on the case back then and now let’s hope you can do it again.”
A detective who has been investigating the case for five years revealed last night that Amy’s mobile phone could be the key to the case.
Liam Brady said: “We know from her friends that she had her mobile phone on the night she went missing, but that same mobile phone turned up in her mother’s hands on a TV show in Ireland five months later.
“Neither Audrey nor Dave have ever explained why or how that is.”
“We also understand she had another phone that was smashed a few weeks earlier by Audrey’s partner.”
He continued: “We are very disappointed that the Irish authorities have not officially opened a proper investigation into the case despite promises.”
However, this week a Guardia Civil spokesman stated that officers are not only prepared to travel to Ireland, but will also apply to extradite any suspects identified.
“Police in Spain are aware of Dean’s death. They have been in touch with gardai and are co-coordinating with them,” added the spokesman.
It has also emerged that in days leading to Dean’s death, the pair’s father, Christopher Fitzpatrick, believed his son was about to share new information on his sister’s disappearance.
Amy, 15, was last seen after visiting childhood friend Ashley Rose.
Rose, who lived just 10 minutes away, said this week: “It was someone out there who knew her, that’s my opinion.
“I know Amy’s dead. I don’t hold on to any hope of ever finding her alive.
“We all had someone on our radar at the time and that hasn’t changed over the years,” she added.
Irish police confirmed Mahon, 42, is still a suspect and they are preparing a file for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
Audrey Fitzpatrick, who has continued her relationship with Mahon, did not attend her son’s funeral last week.
Fitzpatrick told the Irish press she ‘wasn’t feeling well’ but was later pictured waiting for a taxi with Mahon.
Although Amy’s devastated father was unable to talk, his sister Christine Kenny added: “There has never been any evidence to say that Amy has passed away, or that she is alive.
“A team of Irish investigators should be in Spain with the Guardia Civil, we need a fresh mind and fresh eyes on this and for people to come forward,” added Kenny.
As one former neighbour of the family told us last night: “There is quite a lot more that could come out. Plenty of neighbours heard and saw plenty of stuff.”