Monday 18 December 2017

False leads fuelled agony, says missing Esra's sister

VANISHED: Berna still has her suspicions in year-old Bray mystery

THE sister of missing mum-of-one Esra Uyrun has revealed how false leads contributed further to their family's heartbreak.

Esra vanished a year ago and this week her sister Berna will be highlighting her sister's case once again.

Berna Fidan jumped on a plane the minute she heard that her sister Esra Uyrun had disappeared from her home in Clondalkin, west Co Dublin, on February 23 last year.

A year on, she has travelled once again from London to mark the day Esra (39) vanished.

She hopes her renewed appeal for information will jog someone's memory and provide new clues in the investigation.

"Every time someone new has come forward, I break down, I can't help but hope that this time it will lead to something," Berna told the Herald.

"We can't dismiss any information, but so far, nothing has proved to be conclusive, and we've been disappointed.

"The hope that we will discover what happened dies with time, but I don't want to give up completely because I still believe that someone must have seen something."

Mum-of-one Esra is thought to have left her house around 7.15am on February 23 to go to the shops. Her husband of seven years, Ozgur, who was left with their son Emin (3) at home, recalled that he was getting ready for work when she asked to borrow the car, a grey Renault Twingo.

She never came back, and gardai discovered her car that evening in Bray, parked opposite the amusements at the end of the seafront near Bray Head.


If she had headed directly towards Bray, it is believed that she would have come across a first big roundabout within less than 10 minutes.

However, CCTV footage shows that the vehicle only arrived at that point far later than expected -- shortly before 8am -- and it could not reveal the identity of the driver.

"When I was in Bray right after she disappeared, we did a radio appeal and someone said they had seen a woman of Esra's description in Wicklow," Berna said.

"That person came to the Bray Garda Station to look at recent pictures of Esra, but as soon as he saw them, he realised it was someone different.

"Then another person thought they had seen her walk in Bray on the seafront but CCTV cameras showed that despite the resemblance, it was actually a woman walking her dog -- that would have been two or three weeks down the line.

"I still have this funny feeling that her car was planted there, there was a big gap to the first roundabout and her bag with her cards was found in the boot -- I can't imagine her leaving it there."

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.


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