An ‘Irish speaker in a trilby’ seen with teen Amy Fitzpatrick before she vanished, according to her family

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Missing teen Amy Fitzpatrick’s family have appealed for a middle-aged Irishman who was seen in her company just before she disappeared to come forward.

The man is described as a fluent Irish speaker who wore a trilby and was spotted with Amy in a sports bar on the Costa del Sol in Spain.

An Englishwoman was the owner of the bar at the time and she reached out to Amy’s family last week and told them what she saw.

Her memory had been jolted by recent media coverage of the case.

She contacted Amy’s aunt Christine Kenny, who is leading the campaign to find her, by email.

The new information will be passed onto the police.

It is understood Amy came into the bar where her late brother Dean was playing pool. The man, who was wearing a hat and spoke fluent Irish, was sitting at the bar when the teenager approached him.

He gave her a bank card and she went outside and returned a short time later with €50 which she handed to him.

The witness said they appeared to know each other.

She said: “It seemed very strange to me why anyone would give a young girl their bank card.

“How did this kid know this older man?”

Ms Kenny believes the information could be significant.

She said: “More and more people who were afraid to speak in the past and too scared to get involved, are now coming forward with new information. Every little bit of new information we get brings us closer to the truth.”

The new witness thinks this incident happened on New Year’s Eve 2008 or it could have been a day before.

The family had always thought Amy spent New Year’s Eve babysitting with a friend just before her disappearance.

She was last seen alive by her friend Ashley Rose, who was 13 at the time, as she left her house to walk home on New Year’s night.

Amy’s mother Audrey and her step-father Dave Mahon had spent the night socialising with friends at Harmon’s pub in Elviria, Marbella, a few miles from the home.

Audrey reported the child missing three days later.

Thousands of people have signed a petition calling for Amy’s disappearance to be upgraded in Spain to a murder enquiry and for the police to carry out a cold case review.

The Irish Government is lobbying the Spanish authorities to put resources into the investigation.

Amy’s family are all convinced she is dead and just want to find her remains and bring her home.

Her brother Dean was stabbed to death in 2013 by her step-father Dave Mahon.

He served five of a seven-year jail sentence for the crime.

He lives with her mother in Carrick-On- Shannon, Co Leitrim.

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