Police throughout Europe have been notified of the girl’s disappearance andher photograph has been circulated through Interpol, confirmed the local police chief.
A highly co-ordinated search involving sniffer dogs, helicopters and about 250 police, civil guards and Red Cross, got under way in the region around the girl’s home yesterday morning.
But after five hours of fruitless searching it was called off. A pair of black leggings found in a deep ravine near where Amy was believed to have walked on the night of her disappearance was not hers, said police.
Police brought in from Seville used specialist-mapping devices to divide up the area into 12 regions within a 6km radius of the girl’s home in Calahonda.
Helicopters circled overhead with heat sensor cameras searching the difficult terrain.
A number of volunteers — mostly from the Irish community in the Costa that stretches roughly from Malaga to Marbella — turned up to help with the search.
However, police said they would not use them at this stage. They did accept the offer of help however from a group of eight firemen who turned up after their night shift ended in nearby Ronda.
Amy’s mother Audrey said she and her partner Dave Mahon, and son Dean, were hoping to take part in the search also.
However, they were sent home where they said police kept in constant contact with them.
There were reports also that Guillermo Wanninkhof, the father of a 19-year-old girl who was murdered by a British man in the area in 1999 was also there. Tony King is serving 19 years for the killing of Rocio Wanninkhof.
The Civil Guard say they are receiving about 20 calls a day about the disappearance of Amy Fitzpatrick, and are investigating all the information received.
However, so far the calls have not provided any clues. They have also been examining security camera tapes from nearby residential areas.
Amy is 5ft 5in tall, has medium length black hair, and was wearing black track suit bottoms and a T-shirt with the word “Diesel”. She may have been carrying a red bag.