THE AUNT of a Dublin woman who has been missing in Spain since 2008 has complained about the lack of assistance from the government in finding her niece.
Amy Fitzpatrick went missing from Riviera del Sol in Mijas Costa, near Fuengirola, on New Year’s Day in 2008, when she was 15 years old.
The teen had been living in Spain with her mum Audrey Fitzpatrick, her stepfather Dave Mahon and her brother Dean.
Amy was not officially reported missing until January 3. Since then, there has been no trace of the young Dubliner.
Last week marked Amy’s 26th birthday, and close family and friends gathered to release balloons and sung ‘Happy Birthday’.
Since then, Amy Fitzgerald’s aunt Christine Kenny complained to the Irish Mirror that the case is not being actively pursued by any police force.
Furthermore, she revealed that when Amy’s name is typed into Interpol’s missing persons web page, it draws a blank.
Christine said: “Our government should have been doing an awful lot more which they didn’t do. They only did so much.
"There is (sic) some Government bodies that were very good with us but unfortunately they couldn’t go any further because [of certain restrictions].
“But I think if our Government stood up for the right reasons and listened to the truth maybe things would be a bit different.
“Last year we were outside Dail Eireann, we did a candlelight vigil for Amy and were looking for the Government to do something with regards Amy’s case.
“The way we’re looking at it is we’re in Europe so surely to God we can go to the European courts over what’s going on?”
Christine believes a pink Nokia phone belonging to Amy – which Spanish police have supposedly never obtained – could provide vital clues.
“To us, there is vital evidence there and unfortunately they [the police] don’t seem to be picking up on it. It’s not that I haven’t tried to highlight it because I have tried.
“It’s 10 years now and I think it’s about time that a cold case should be set-up but apparently the Civil Guardia [police] don’t have a cold case unit in Spain.
If a fresh pair of eyes would come in and do this cold case it could give us some answers.”