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Mother of missing teen Amy claims 'smear campaign'

Audrey Fitzpatrick denies weekend reports that Amy was neglected and dabbled in drink and drugs.

Audrey Fitzpatrick and Dave Mahon
Audrey Fitzpatrick and Dave Mahon
Image: Mark Stedman/ Photocall Ireland

THE MOTHER OF an Irish teenager who has been missing in the Costa del Sol since 2008 claims she and her partner have been the subject of a smear campaign.

Audrey Fitzpatrick, whose daughter Amy went missing as she walked home from a friend’s house on New Year’s Day 2008, said she and partner Dave Mahon were still hoping she would be found. Amy was 15 when she went missing.

Audrey told today’s Irish Daily Mirror that it was “a pack of lies” to claim that Amy drank, smoked marijuana or had been “a neglected child” as claimed in a Sunday newspaper. Although the girl had been out of school for two months before she disappeared, Amy’s stepdad Dave Mahon said that they had done everything in their power to try and make her stay in education but that she was being bullied at school.

Read more of Gerard Couzens’ interview in today’s Irish Daily Mirror (print version)>

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