Amy deserved so much better than her case sitting on a shelf, says aunt of missing teen 15 years after disappearance
- Published: 12:02, 23 Jan 2023
- Updated: 12:03, 23 Jan 2023
THE aunt of missing Irish teen Amy Fitzpatrick has said she “deserves better” as she appeals to have the case upgraded to a full murder investigation.
Amy was last seen in the Mijas Costa area of Spain on New Year’s Day 15 years ago in 2008. She was just 15 at the time.
Christine Kenny said the missing person’s probe needs to be revised to pressure Spanish police to follow up leads that were never investigated.
She told the Sunday World that the family will be submitting a letter to the government this week.
Christine said: “As long as Amy’s case remains a missing person’s probe, the file on her disappearance will continue to sit on a shelf in a Guardia Civil station in Spain.
“That’s not good enough and we need the Irish Government to stand with us, Amy’s family members, who have had to fight this on our own for the last 15 years.
“Amy was an Irish citizen … she deserved so much better than this.”
Her aunt received an anonymous call from a woman who claimed Amy’s body was buried around the stables near Hippodrome racecourse in Mijas.
Christine said: “I received a phone call years ago, I couldn’t put a precise date on it, but a long time after Amy disappeared, saying she had been buried in one of the stables there.”
The stables are just a ten minutes’ drive from where the 15-year-old disappeared on New Year’s Day in 2008.
The racecourse closed in 2013 due to financial difficulties.
A veterinary officer who has an office by the racetrack admitted he had never seen any search carried out in ten years.
The devastated aunt said the search could be carried out with machinery that identifies disturbances underneath the soil.
Christine added: “There are things that haven’t been done that need to be done.
“I don’t know if Amy is there or not but it’s what we’ve been told so surely it deserves to be checked.”
It comes as the Spanish have told the Irish Government that the case is still under police investigation and is still “open.”
The Spanish authorities have not given up hope of finding Amy dead or alive.
However, the Guardia Civil has said it needs new information to upgrade the case and re-open the investigation.