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Missing Amy Fitzpatrick’s best pal Ashley due a baby tragic Irish girl may never see

"She (Amy) would definitely have gone to any ­christening and would have been in the ­running to be the baby's godmother."
Amy's friend Ashley Rubio Rose and her mother, Debbie Rose. Amy left from Ashley's house on the night she went missing. Pic: Solarpix.com

Amy's friend Ashley Rubio Rose and her mother, Debbie Rose. Amy left from Ashley's house on the night she went missing. Pic: Solarpix.com

By Eugene Masterson

Amy Fitzpatrick's best friend, who was the last known person to see her alive, is celebrating the happy news she is about to become a new mum next year.

Ashley Rose and her mother Debbie hosted the tragic Dubliner in their Spanish home just hours before she vanished on New Year's Day nearly 14 years ago in 2008.

Spanish sources have revealed to the Sunday World that the Rose family have now moved out of the home and Debbie ­relocated to a different part of Spain after ­remarrying.

"If Amy was still around she would have been delighted to hear that her best pal Ashley is due a baby," reveals a friend of the family in Spain.

"She would definitely have gone to any ­christening and would have been in the ­running to be the baby's godmother."

Amy spent New Year's Eve with her friends Ashley and Debbie in their home and was never seen again after leaving the Rose house around 10pm on New Year's night to walk a few minutes back to her own home, which she shared with her mother Audrey Fitzpatrick and her stepdad Dave Mahon.

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

Audrey claimed at the time that Amy never made it back to the house.

Amy was aged 15 at the time of her disappearance and if she was still alive would be due to turn 30 in February.

The Sunday World previously revealed a letter sent to the Spanish embassy in ­Madrid by a concerned adult friend of Amy's, Pearl Cantlie, warning the teenage was in danger and predicting the possibility she could disappear.

Amy's mother, Audrey, has returned to live in Ireland.

She is living in ­Carrick-on-Shannon with Dave Mahon. He is due before a judge in February to face charges of beating up a 70-year-old ­pensioner in the Co Leitrim town.

Amy's crusading aunt Christine Kenny would like to meet Justice Minister Helen McEntee to try and put pressure on Spanish authorities to investigate what is the most high-profile disappearance of an Irish citizen living abroad.

"Minister McEntee recently became a mother herself so surely she would do anything to help locate a missing child, which is my niece and is daughter of my brother Christopher," Christine told the Sunday World.

"The case is still open but little seems to have been done about it in recent year and hopefully if I do get a meeting with the minister she might kickstart things again."

Christine is also urging people to sign a petition she has set up for a cold case review of all missing EU people abroad, which is available online and on Facebook, in a bid to get the European Parliament to highlight the case.

"Somebody somewhere knows what happened Amy," stresses Christine. "There are people living here in Ireland and in Spain who no doubt are hiding things.

"As her anniversary approaches once again all we can do is pray that there will be a resolution and if Amy is found dead she can be laid to rest with her brother Dean."

In her letter to the Irish embassy in Madrid, Pearl Cantlie wrote: "Amy is scared for her own safety in terms of possible violence. My family are also at risk of threats and violence."

She claimed Amy sometimes had to sleep rough.

Audrey Fitzpatrick and Dave Mahon in Spain

Audrey Fitzpatrick and Dave Mahon in Spain

When tracked down by the Sunday World to her current home in England in recent years, Mrs Cantlie said she was "too afraid" to talk about the case, having previously been visited by a couple of thugs who ­arrived on her previous doorstep in Spain after she spoke out.

Amy's heartbroken dad Christopher previously told us he still frets about the tragic fate of the two children he had with Audrey.

"I am still devastated over the loss of my two children, Amy and Dean. Things will never be the same again," said Christopher.

He appealed for friends of Amy who have information to come forward.

"I would like to ask people, who were there when Amy went missing and may have information they can now share, to contact the police," he said. "People went back to the U.K. and different parts of the world afterwards, and they should come forward.

"We just want to find Amy. We know where Dean is, but to bring Amy home would be great."


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