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Family fear worst over mum who disappeared after visit to the shops

THE family of a young mum who went missing in Dublin last week have admitted they now fear the worst.

Esra Uyrun (38) disappeared five days ago and has not been seen since. Her husband told how she left home to go to the shops but never came home. Her car was later found in Bray.

Now her worried sister Berna has told how Esra wanted to move back to the UK before she went missing.

Berna told the Herald that Esra, who is originally from Turkey, had been quite lonely in Collinstown Grove, Clondalkin, Dublin, where she was living with her husband Ozgur and son Emin (2).

"They moved to Ireland about three, four years ago, because Ozgur got a work transfer here -- he's an office manager -- but they were talking of coming back," she said.

"She had stopped working a while back when she had the baby, she was spending a lot of time with her son and it was important for her that he grew up with the family.

"We're quite a small family -- she would be the youngest of three -- and so she missed us."

A family tragedy also prompted Esra's decision to return to London -- her father Ali died in October.

"She'd been depressed and upset because of the death of my dad, we're all very close so it was tough for her to be away," Berna said.

"At the moment, we don't know what to think, we've imagined all sorts of scenarios, and self-harm is among the possibilities."

The last time Ozgur saw his wife of seven years was shortly after they woke up at 7am last Wednesday. A neighbour saw her take out the bin.

She asked to use the car for a few minutes to go to the shop and never came back. Ozgur contacted gardai and made a statement where he notes that there was nothing "unusual" about her mood prior to leaving. He mentioned that the couple liked to go to Bray sometimes.

The guards checked the area for this reason and they uncovered the pair's car, a Renault Twingo, on the Bray seafront.

Inside the car was her bag which contained her cards. It has also emerged that no money was removed from her Irish or UK account.

"As far as we know, she only had a set of keys and a mobile phone with her and what is very unusual is that she knew our mum, Neriman, and her mother-in-law were coming over to Ireland to visit her on Thursday and staying for a week," Esra's devastated sister added.

Esra has medium-brown hair with blonde highlights, green eyes, she is of slim build and has tanned skin. She is 5ft 3in and was wearing black leggings, white Nike runners, a black T-shirt and a black jumper or dark-blue denim jacket.

A spokesman for the Missing in Ireland Support Service confirmed that a mountain rescue team, the Coast Guard, the garda dog unit and the force's air support unit had all been involved in the search, which is ongoing.

The Missing Persons helpline is on 1890 442 552. Anyone with information is asked to contact Ronanstown Garda Station 01 6667700, Bray Garda Station 01 6665300 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

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