IT IS a case that has baffled Spanish and Irish police for over a decade, but the family of missing teenager Amy Fitzpatrick now believe that her body is buried at the derelict Hipodromo de Mijas race track.
Amy went missing on New Year’s Day in 2008 and, despite frequent appeals for information on her whereabouts, no trace of the 15-year-old has ever been found.
Now her father Christopher and aunt Christine Kenny have revealed that an anonymous source told them that Amy is buried under Stable Number 5 at the Hipodromo de Mijas race track, a mere 15 minutes from where the teen was last seen.
They called on the Guardia Civil to treat her disappearance to a murder inquiry and carry out a throughout search of the site.
In its heyday, the Hipodromo de Mijas attracted thousands of horse racing fans from all over Europe and also staged sell out concerts for Rod Stewart and Elton John.
There was, however, a darker side to the venue, as owner Frank Mani fled with his company Carrera Entertainment owing €1.3 million to the Spanish Tax Authorities.
Several high profile concerts were also cancelled, with ticket holders receiving no refunds.
Amy’s family endured a second tragedy soon after her disappearance when the teen’s brother Dean was stabbed to death by step-father Dave Mahon.
Mahon was given a mere seven years for the crime and lives in County Leitrim with Amy’s mum Audrey.
In Ireland the chairman of the Dail’s Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee Charlie Flanagan has backed the search for Amy and demanded a full cold case review.
“This whole saga has been a tragedy. But one way or the other we have to find the truth and we have to find Amy.
“Her dad and family deserve to know what happened.”
Backed by a petition that already has 25,000 signatures, Christopher Fitzpatrick is hopeful that the mystery of Amy’s tragic disappearance will finally be solved.
“All I want is to find Amy’s body and bring my little girl home”, he told Irish media.