Search goes on for missing Irish girl
Search goes on for a 15-year-old who disappeared from Mijas.
8 January 2008
MADRID - Spanish police were continuing to search Monday for a 15-year-old Irish girl who disappeared on the southern Costa del Sol on New Year's Day.
Amy Fitzpatrick, who moved to Spain five years ago with her mother, went missing at around 10pm on 1 January after leaving the home of a friend close to her own in the town of Mijas, about six kilometres inland from the resort of Fuengirola. Relatives fear she has been kidnapped.
"I'm terrified because someone may be holding Amy against her will. If that's the case, please let her go," the girl's mother, Audrey Fitzpatrick, said in a statement released by the family on Sunday.
Ashley Rubio, the friend Amy was with on the night of her disappearance, said she had left the house intending to walk to her own home, a journey of approximately 1.5 kilometres including a stretch on an unlit dirt road. Rubio said Amy had told her on several occasions that a man she did not know had offered her a ride in his car while she walked the route. A search party to look for Amy is due to scour the area tomorrow.
Rubio also said her friend had made no mention of running away from home, even though she had done so on occasions in the past. "I think something bad has happened to her," Rubio said.
In 2006, Tony King, a British national and convicted sex offender, was found guilty of killing two teenage girls in Mijas and nearby Coín in 1999 and 2003, although doubts have continued to linger over whether he acted alone.
[Copyright El Pais / A. EATWELL 2008]
Subject: Spanish news