Sunday 23 October 2016

Mum of missing Amy Fitzpatrick keeps memory alive with Spanish garden

Audrey Fitzpatrick and Dave Mahon
Audrey Fitzpatrick and Dave Mahon

AUDREY Fitzpatrick and Dave Mahon plan to return to Spain to step up their campaign to find Ms Fitzpatrick’s teenage daughter Amy, seven-and-a-half years after she went missing.

The couple are hoping to build a garden dedicated to Amy on the Costa del Sol and are trying to arrange a meeting with the judge in charge of the investigation into her disappearance in 2008.

Mr Mahon (44) is accused of the murder of Ms Fitzpatrick’s son, Dean, on May 26, 2013, a charge he denies. He is set to face trial at the Central Criminal Court next April and remains on bail.

Earlier this week the court, despite garda objections, agreed to his request to amend bail conditions to allow him to travel to Spain for two weeks in September.

Amy Fitzpatrick

Amy was 15 when she disappeared on January 1, 2008. She had left a friend’s house on the Costa del Sol to walk to her own home less than 2km away but never arrived.

Her mother and Mr Mahon have offered a reward for information leading to the discovery of Amy, from Donaghmede.

Since being charged over Dean’s death, Mr Mahon has had to surrender his passport and sign on three times a week at a garda station.

He said yesterday that he and Ms Fitzpatrick are determined to keep publicising Amy’s disappearance in the hope of a breakthrough.

The couple need to go to Spain in September when it is hoped they will be allowed to build a garden dedicated to Amy and other missing people.


“It will be a garden for missing Amy. We want to mention other missing children and adults in Spain, where this hasn’t been done,” said Mr Mahon.

“Having lived on the Costa del Sol for 12 years, we still felt like foreigners, so this is the ultimate compliment to Amy.

“It is not a closed file, it is still an active investigation.”

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