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Sunday 23 April 2017

'Please help find Esra before mum dies', pleads sister dies

Berna Fidan with a picture of her missing sister, Esra Uryun
Berna Fidan with a picture of her missing sister, Esra Uryun

The heartbroken sister of missing Esra Uryun has said her quest to find her has become even more urgent after their mother was diagnosed with cancer.

Mother-of-one Esra (38) was last seen leaving her home in Clondalkin, west Dublin, on February 23, 2011.

Her older sister, Berna Fidan (51), has since led a tireless campaign, travelling to Ireland from her London base in a desperate bid to find clues.

However, Berna, who will return to Dublin early next week to mark the sixth anniversary of Esra's disappearance, said she was more desperate than ever to find answers so that her seriously-ill mother, Neriman Fidan (73), can "have closure before she dies".

Stroke

"My mother is in a bad way at the moment and she's just been diagnosed with breast cancer," said Berna, an English woman of Turkish descent.

"She already had quite a lot of health issues before, including a stroke, diabetes, blood transfusions and problems with her liver. What this means is that chemo is out of the question.

"We don't know how much time she has left - it could be months, it could be more than that, but she's trying to keep going so she can find out what happened to Esra.

"She cries constantly and is literally holding on to find out what happened to her baby.

"So it's more urgent than ever that we get some answers.

"I often think my mum wouldn't be suffering so badly with her health had Esra not disappeared. It's taken a terrible toll on her."

Esra's family believe she was abducted at some point between the time she set off from her home and the discovery of her car in Bray a few hours later.

Although the vehicle, a grey Renault Twingo, was captured on CCTV being driven towards a car park in the town, efforts to identify the driver - who the family believe to be Esra's abductor - have been unsuccessful because the footage is too grainy.

However, determined Berna said she refuses to give up hope and will spend her time in Dublin next week meeting with gardai and putting up flyers and posters in a bid to finally get a breakthrough.

"It's been a very frustrating year, and unfortunately no one has yet come forward with any information," she said.

"Efforts to enhance the CCTV footage haven't worked, but I have to keep going."

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