Ten years with no news of Amy

Amy Fitzpatrick was last seen at 10pm on 1 January 2008 in Calypso, Mijas Costa. Below, her mother and stepfather, David Mahon, who was convicted in 2016 for killing Amy's brother.
Amy Fitzpatrick was last seen at 10pm on 1 January 2008 in Calypso, Mijas Costa. Below, her mother and stepfather, David Mahon, who was convicted in 2016 for killing Amy's brother. / SUR
  • The Irish teenager disappeared on New Year's Day 2008 when she was on her way home from a friend's house in Mijas

She had spent New Year's Eve at her friend Ashley's house, on the Calypso development in Mijas Costa, to help look after her younger brother. The next day, New Year's Day, they went to the Calahonda market and returned to Ashley's house. At 10pm Amy Fitzpatrick said good- bye to her friend and set off for her home in Riviera del Sol, a walk of around two kilometres on a tarmacked path (except for a 50-metre unsurfaced stretch) but that was little-used. No one has seen her since. And that was ten years ago.

Ten years with no news of Amy

The Irish teenager, who was then 15 years old, disappeared on that walk home without a trace. The Guardia Civil, who inspected the route she should have taken, found no evidence of an abduction, which is what her mother Audrey had feared had happened. Officers never ruled out that theory although they initially gave more credibility to the idea that Amy had run away of her own accord. She had apparently wanted to go and live with her father, who had stayed in Ireland when his marriage with her mother broke up. The teenager lived in Mijas with her mother, brother and her mother's partner, David Mahon.

Over the last decade the family have launched several campaigns and tributes to keep Amy's disappearance in the public eye. In 2010, her mother and her partner even offered a reward of a million euros for anyone who could provide information that would lead to the whereabouts of the young girl. The following year they started a campaign with the slogan 'Amy's Day', which took them around different towns in the province of Malaga on the first day of each month to remind people of the case.

In January 2012, the couple moved to Ireland, where Audrey's son Dean lived after moving back there a year after Amy's disappearance. But fate was to deal another huge blow to the Fitzpatrick family. Barely a year and a half later, in May 2013, Dean was fatally stabbed in a fight with his stepfather in Coolock, a district on the north side of Dublin, near the flat the family had moved into when they moved back to Ireland. He was 23.

Dave Mahon was accused of killing his stepson. At the trial, which he attended on the arm of Audrey, Dean and Amy's mother, he pleaded innocent and blamed the death on an accident or possible suicide, stating that the youth had stabbed himself. The jury cleared him of murder but found him guilty of manslaughter. In June 2016 he was sentenced to seven years in prison. His appeal was rejected.

On the tenth anniversary of Amy's disappearance, her biological father, Christopher Fitzpatrick, has broken his silence and made statements to the Irish press.

“Christmas and New Year's will never be the same again. I am still devastated over the loss of my two children, Amy and Dean,” he told the Sunday World.

Fitzpatrick sent out a plea to anyone with any relevant information they haven't disclosed until now 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,” he added.