Family renew appeal for missing Esra

Esra Uyrunhas been missing since February 2011.

By Nick Bramhill

The family of a woman who vanished without a trace after her car was last spotted in Bray three years ago, say they are praying a TV documentary which will be aired tomorrow night (Tuesday) will finally help solve the case and end their “never-ending nightmare”.

Esra Uyrun, a 38-year-old married mother-of-one, was last seen leaving her house in Clondalkin in Dublin in February 2011.

Her family are convinced she was abducted at some point between her setting off from her family home and the discovery of her car in Bray later that morning.

Although the vehicle, a grey Renault Twango, was captured on CCTV driving towards a car park in the seaside town, agonisingly that was where the footage ended and the driver’s face – who the family believe to be her abductor – could not be made out.

Her older sister, Berna Fidan, 49, has since led a tireless campaign to find her sibling, travelling over to Ireland from her London base as frequently as she can and most recently last month on the third anniversary of Esra’s disappearance.

On one of her visits in 2012, Berna was given reason for hope when a set of keys belonging to her missing sister turned up in a Dublin chip shop.

The owner said the keys were found on a counter in the takeaway before Christmas 2011, but mystery still surrounds how they ended up there.

Although there have been no firm leads since then, Berna, who is an English woman of Turkish descent, has dismissed theories that her beloved sister might have taken her own life, insisting she was a “very outgoing, friendly person who loved life” and who was completely devoted to husband, Ozgur and son Emin, now five.

And she said she’s pinning her hopes that a significant breakthrough in her baffling case will finally surface after tomorrow night’s Channel 4 documentary, ‘Missing’, in which a film crew followed her over to Ireland on one of her recent trips.

Speaking to WicklowNews.net she said:  “I’m appealing for as many people as possible in Ireland to watch the programme.

“If the right person is watching and it triggers something in their memory, it could be absolutely vital to us.”

Berna also revealed that the toll of the past three years has taken its toll on her mother, who is now seriously ill and suffering from failing organs.

“It’s harder and harder to keep going, but I have to cling to the hope that my sister is still alive and, if she is, I pray she isn’t suffering,” she added.

“One way or another, we have to somehow keep going until we find her.”

Esra’s case is one of three which will feature on ‘The Missing’ at 10pm tomorrow night (Tues) on Channel 4.

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