The family of missing Irish girl Amy Fitzpatrick is calling for a cold case review of her disappearance in Spain.
Amy was just 15-years-old when she went missing on the Costa del Sol on New Year’s Day in 2008.
She was last seen leaving a friend’s house where she had been babysitting. She has never been seen or heard from since.
On Newstalk Breakfast this morning, her aunt Christine Kenny said the family finds it impossible to get information on the case from the Spanish police.
“As far as I know, the case is in archives,” she said. “It is on the shelf somewhere.
“We don’t get information from the Guardia Civil. I actually got in contact with the Gardaí there two weeks ago and I asked them could they get in contact with the Guardia Civil to make sure we know if there is anything new … because we are not getting reports on anything.
“It’s just crazy the way you have to go and fight for every single thing you need.”
Amy was living in Spain with her mother Audrey Fitzpatrick and step-father Dave Mahon. Mahon was later convicted of killing of Amy’s brother Dean.
Christine said Amy’s father Christopher thinks about her “every single day.”
“You just have to keep going,” she said. “It is the only way you can go forward.
“If you start sitting down and putting your head in a deep depression and that, you may as well forget about it but at the end of the day, my brother lost two children.
“We just feel that it is very, very hard. It is very, very hard on him because he is broken-hearted. He has never gotten over it and I don’t think he ever will.
“He wakes up thinking of Amy and Dean and the same before he goes to bed. It is horrendous. It is horrendous looking at him and knowing nothing is being done by the Spanish Government or by our Government.”
She urged the Irish people to “come together” and sign the petition calling for a cold case review.
The petition which has garnered nearly 3,000 signatures so far, also calls for families of missing people to have an automatic right for a cold case review at one, five and 10-year intervals across the EU.
The petition will be presented to the EU Parliament and the Irish Government.