Amy’s family ask Cowen to pressure Spanish PM

THE heartbroken family of missing Irish teenager Amy Fitzpatrick have urged the Taoiseach to put pressure on Spain’s prime minister to step up the search for the Dublin girl.

There have been sightings of the teenager as far away as Morocco and Mexico, but her devastated mother Audrey has still not spoken to her daughter since she disappeared on New Year’s Day.

Ms Fitzpatrick met Brian Cowen yesterday in a further bid to use every resource from police to diplomats to try and locate her daughter.

Accompanied by her partner Dave Mahon, she spoke of her hope that her 16-year-old was still alive.

“The Taoiseach said he’s going to do anything and everything that’s in his power to help us. He’s the boss of Ireland. He has all the contacts,” she said.

Amy Fitzpatrick has not been seen since she left her friend’s house more than eight months ago on New Year’s Day to walk to her home outside Fuengirola in Spain.

Originally from Dublin, she was living in Spain with her mother and stepfather and had no money, passport or mobile phone with her at the time of her disappearance

Her mother’s partner, David, explained: “We’ve asked him (the Taoiseach) to get in touch with the Spanish prime minister as well just to even create more awareness about Amy’s disappearance... to pick up the investigation with the Guardia in Seville.”

Spanish police have said there are no leads about Amy’s disappearance.

But Amy’s father, Christopher, is in the process of hiring a private investigator to help the search in Spain.

Amy’s mother yesterday insisted her daughter had not fled voluntarily.

“She’s not a runaway, there’s another explanation for it. Whether she’s under the influence of someone else or whether someone took her without her wanting to leave.”

Amy was 16 in February, but 15 when she went missing on January 1. She had dark hair then but was blonde before.

“She’s very slim, slight and has very distinctive big blue eyes,” said her Mum.

Audrey plans to travel to other European countries, like the McCanns, in the search for Amy.

She said every message had to be taken seriously.

“If she (Amy) doesn’t want to speak to me again, I don’t care just as long she let’s me know she’s ok.”

Those with any information should contact info@amyfitzpatrickmissing.com or visit www.searchforamy.com.

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