Monday 18 February 2019

Husband of missing mum Esra plans to leave Ireland for their son's sake

THE husband of a vanished Dublin mum is leaving Ireland - for their son's sake.

Esra Uyrun (39), of Clondalkin, disappeared without a trace on February 23 in Bray.

Her husband Ozgur told the Herald that he hadn't given up hope of finding her, although he now intends to leave Ireland so that their two-year-old son Emin can be close to family.

"The main reason that I have decided to ask for a transfer to the UK is that a month and a half ago, I went to Croke Park with my son on a Saturday and I had chest pains, I couldn't breathe for a couple of seconds and I thought if something happened to me, we have no family here," he explained.

"I realised we had nothing here, and I was really worried for my son, it's a very tough decision because I'm afraid that if we leave, I won't be able to push for the searches over there as much as I do here but I have to think of our son's future.

"I cannot spend enough time with him, I'm trying to raise him, to search for my wife, to keep up with work.

"We are going to a child therapist and she recommended that I explain as much as possible to him but he doesn't understand the 'missing' part, it's really tough."

Turkish-born Esra left her home in Clondalkin at 7.15am. She told her husband she going to the shops for a few minutes but her car, a grey Renault Twingo, was caught on cameras in Bray at 8.40am.

CCTV images, released by Missing Ireland, revealed that she had a near-collision with a Skoda Octavia as she exited Convent Avenue and turned onto Strand Road.

Gardai have appealed for the driver of the Skoda to come forward as this may their only clue as to her disappearance.

Her car was later found abandoned at the nearby Bray Head car park -- with her purse and credit cards in the boot.

Her family do not believe she took her own life, but say she she might have been lonely in her Collinstown Grove home.

Despite numerous searches all around the area -- including in the sea -- there has been no breakthrough in the search for the missing mum.

Ozgur will be taking part in a Missing Persons fundraising event at the Portlaoise Golf Club on Saturday, June 25.

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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