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Wednesday 17 January 2018

'Someone please tell us what happened to our Amy', begs aunt

Billy Kenny & his wife Christine Kenny (Amy Fitzpatricks aunt) release doves during a Vigil for Amy Fitzpatrick at the Mansion house, Dublin
Billy Kenny & his wife Christine Kenny (Amy Fitzpatricks aunt) release doves during a Vigil for Amy Fitzpatrick at the Mansion house, Dublin

The aunt of Dublin teenager Amy Fitzpatrick, who disappeared on New Year's Day 2008, has begged for "someone with a heart" to tell the family what happened to her.

Christine Kenny released doves outside the Mansion House yesterday to mark the 10th anniversary of Amy's disappearance in Spain.

Her niece, who was 15 at the time, went missing as she walked home from a friend's house in Mijas Costa on the Costa del Sol.

"All we need is for someone with a heart and a conscience to come forward and tell us what happened to Amy," Christine said.

Lament

Amy's father, Christopher, was too ill to attend yesterday's poignant ceremony, during which a lone piper played a lament.

To add to the family's heartache, Mr Fitzpatrick's 23-year-old son, Dean, was stabbed to death in May 2013.

Dean's stepfather, Dave Mahon, is currently serving a seven- year prison sentence for his manslaughter.

"The way it happened with Dean, we're broken-hearted," said Ms Kenny. "Christopher is devastated."

She said the family had not given up hope of finding Amy, despite the passage of time.

"Nothing has been found to indicate that she has passed. There's always the hope that we will get her back," she said.

Christine Kenny (Amy Fitzpatricks aunt)
Christine Kenny (Amy Fitzpatricks aunt)

"It's 10 years on, and we would plead with the people that knew Amy, and knew of her lifestyle, to remember her.

"People that didn't complete their police statements, please sign them. This would give closure for Amy."

Ms Kenny said Spanish police cannot act on statements unless they are signed.

At the time of Amy's disappearance, she was living in Spain with her mother, Audrey, and Audrey's partner, Mahon. Dean was also living with them.

Ms Kenny believes a crucial element in the investigation is Amy's pink Nokia mobile phone, which was found in the family's Spanish home.

She spoke of her frustration at the Spanish police investigation, which she said had stalled.

"We're not getting any further. There's nothing that hasn't been done. The Irish police have been to Spain," she said.

"I've been in contact with the Spanish police to find out if they have a cold case section, but I've been told 'No'.

"I think that at this stage what we need is a new pair of eyes looking at the case.

"I've been to the Spanish police station and there are boxes and boxes of papers. Someone needs to come in with fresh eyes."

Over the years, Ms Kenny and the Fitzpatrick family have made their own inquiries.

"We've been down every single avenue. We went to Spain to talk to people. We went to England to talk to people who knew my niece," she said.

Amy's father spoke to the Herald last year as he marked her 25th birthday with a candlelight vigil.

He told how he believes he will see his daughter again.

"There's still always that chance that Amy is still alive somewhere," he said.

"I go on the likes of American cases, where people are still alive after 10 or 12 years. Anything is possible."

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