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New Sky documentary to focus on the disappearance of Amy Fitzpatrick

A documentary team was sent to speak to key witnesses involved in the case living on Spain's Costa del Sol
Amy went missing in 2008 but her aunt says someone has the answer

Amy went missing in 2008 but her aunt says someone has the answer

Neil Fetherstonhaugh

A second big Irish crime documentary by Sky is to focus on the disappearance of Amy Fitzpatrick, it has emerged.

Following on from their recent series on the unsolved case of Sophie Toscan du Plantier, the Sky team will now analyse the tragic case of the missing Dublin girl who was just 15 when she went missing in Spain on New Year's Day in 2008.

It has also been suggested that award winning director Jim Sheridan who presented and directed the Sophie series may be involved in this new project.

The teen’s mother Audrey and her husband Dave Mahon will both feature in the documentary while other members of the family including Amy's aunt Christine Kenny and her dad Christopher Fitzpatrick have also been asked to participate.

Sky, which is said to regard Amy as Ireland's Maddie McCann, believes there is huge interest in the story across the globe.

They sent a documentary team to speak to key witnesses involved in the case living on Spain's Costa del Sol.

Amy's aunt Christine as well as her father Christopher, who have been campaigning for a cold case review of her disappearance, said they were approached by a Sky representative last week about participating in the documentary.

Dave Mahon with Audrey and a picture of Amy.

Dave Mahon with Audrey and a picture of Amy.

"We have to speak to the rest of the family and decide what we are doing,” Christine has been quoted as saying.

"I was never in this for the money or to be on television. All we want is to find Amy and to bring her home.

"As far as we are concerned she is dead and we want closure.

"When we find Amy the truth will eventually come out. However we cannot change whatever happened to her.

"We are a family who have been through enough tragedy between Amy disappearing and Dean being stabbed to death by his step-father."

It was recently revealed how Christopher and Christine had called on Spanish Police to excavate a possible burial site for the teenager on the Costa Del Sol.

They said they were told by an anonymous source they would find her remains under Stable Number 5 in the derelict Hippodrome racetrack outside the resort of La Cala de Mijas.

The location is only a 15-minute-drive from the spot where Amy was last seen.

The pair are now demanding that the Guardia Civil upgrade her disappearance to a murder inquiry and carry out a full comprehensive search of all the stables at the track.

Christine said: “I have no doubt Amy is dead and I believe she is buried up there on that racetrack somewhere.

“We were told Stable Number 5 so hopefully they will start searching and see if her remains are there."

Over 25,000 people have now signed an online petition supporting the family’s call for a review of the investigation into Amy’s disappearance.

At the time vanished she was living in Mjias on the Costa Del Sol with her brother Dean, her mother Audrey and Audrey's partner Dave Mahon.

"The only thing I want is for Amy to be found and justice to be served," Christopher said.

Christopher and Christine have been looking for a cold case review into Amy's disappearance, but Spanish cops have told then they don't carry out cold case reviews.

They have set up a petition for an EU-wide right to a cold case for all missing people abroad.

Christine said: "It's for [the families of] missing persons abroad in the EU {so they would] receive briefings from the police.

"I feel now it's time somebody came out with what information is needed to find Amy. I feel people need to be recalled and interviewed again.

"There has to be some type of policy out there for families of people who are missing abroad."

Christine Kenny. Photo: Mark Condren

Christine Kenny. Photo: Mark Condren

Christine believes if Amy had been the daughter of a politician or embassy official more would have been done in the case.

"You can be sure there would. If it was one of their children what would they do and how would they feel," she said.

"They're not putting any pressure on Spain [over the case]. The Government should be doing this. Children are the priority according to the law, but that law didn't do anything for Amy

"It's very important to me that we get closure for her and her father. He is absolutely devastated and lives with it morning, noon and night."

She said Amy's disappearance devastated her family.

"It has caused an awful lot of heartache. Dean was broken-hearted over Amy. Christopher is a different person altogether since.

"I'll continue on fighting to get answers and get the truth. I won't give up. There isn't a hope in hell."

Christine also appealed to anyone who has any information about Amy's disappearance to examine their conscience and come forward.

"We just want to find Amy and get someone to come forward to tell the truth about what happened. I know there are people out there who know. I'd appeal to anyone who knew Amy and has information to come forward and let her father get a bit of peace. Please God, this will turn out alright.

"The only thing I want is for Amy to be found and justice to be served.

"We are appealing to the Irish people to log on and sign the petition. We can't do this on our own. If anyone would like to help us collect manual signatures they can also email us at: for a copy."

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