Spanish police say missing Amy may have left home 'of her own accord'

Missing: Amy Fitzpatrick
Missing: Amy Fitzpatrick

Spanish police investigating the disappearance of Irish teenager Amy Fitzpatrick say she may have left "of her own accord".

Amy disappeared as she walked back from a friend's house to her home which she shared with her mother Audrey Fitzpatrick, brother Dean and stepfather Dave Mahon in the Costa Del Sol on January 1, 2008.

The teenager, who was originally from Coolock in Dublin, was just 15 at the time.

A lead Civil Guard investigator involved in the case since the start, speaking on condition of anonymity because of his sensitive work in a Malaga-based specialist unit probing homicides as well as disappearances including Amy's, said: "The investigation is still open.

"We're not ruling out the possibility it was an involuntary disappearance but we've got nothing at the moment to indicate it was."

The detectives say they have received "wide-ranging testimony" suggesting Amy was not happy living in Spain.

"As police officers, we've got to stick to the facts and not what we think or imagine could have happened because generally we'll be wrong.

"The current indicators we have in this case point to Amy disappearing of her own accord."

The investigator revealed they had also drawn a blank after checking out supposed sightings of Amy as far afield as Igualada near Barcelona, and a bus station in Zaragoza, northern Spain.

"I hope that one day we'll be able to say what's happened to Amy but at the moment her disappearance remains a mystery."