ON Saturday September 12 at 12pm, the mayor of Mijas Juan Carlos Maldonado and Councillor Mario Bravo opened a memorial garden in Los Claveles, La Cala, to hold a memorial service for the five missing people that have not been traced since their disappearance.
Audrey Fitzpatrick, the mother of Amy who went missing on January 1, 2008, was present with friends and family to remember Amy and continue reinforcing the hope of finding her safe one day. Mrs Fitzpatrick told the press: “The Garden of Hope (Jarden de la Esperanza) is now a place that we can come to as a permanent reminder of Amy and the other missing people. We don’t want people to forget, we want a place where friends and family can come to and feel nearer to those that remain unfound.”
Mrs Fitzpatrick also thanked the Guardia Civil and the authorities for their continued support, as they had always spent time to update her on any new information. Amy was only 15 years of age when she went missing seven years ago and Audrey Fitzpatrick continues to campaign in order to find her daughter, which means endless journeys to and from Ireland. Mrs Fitzgerald has also had more posters produced so that they may jog people’s memories in the hope that there will be new evidence going forward. Together with the families of John Leach, who disappeared in 2012, Jain Antonio Gomez Alarcon in 2010, Francisco Ruiz Galon in 2011 and Isobel Cortes Alarcon in 2008, a service was conducted by the mayor and councillor.
There were five olive trees surrounded by a wall and a plaque bearing the names of the missing. The families said a prayer to each one in turn. Mrs Fitzpatrick added: “I am comforted now that there is a place where friends and family can visit to keep the memory of Amy strong in our minds and express grief and hope.”
There is now also a hotline for the public to contact, which is www.missingabroad.org, a 24-hour service +44 (0) 800 0988 485 Police in Ireland or UK 999, Police in Europe 112 or email [email protected]