THE heartbroken sister of missing woman Esra Uyrun fears that her sister could be found dead - just like Dublin woman Elaine O'Hara.
The remains of Ms O'Hara, 36, were found over a year after she went missing by a woman walking in the Dublin Mountains.
Berna Fidan, Esra's sister, said murdered Elaine O'Hara's case was treated as "just a missing person" by gardai.
Only when Ms O'Hara's body was found did the case become a "full-blown murder case", she said.
Berna expressed her distress on independent.ie today, at how she still has not found any answers to her sister's disappearance.
And she has already been given the harrowing news that gardai are now searching to recover Esra's body.
"We have tried so hard to find my sister, I have been over 15 times now and still have nothing to go on. As far as the garda are concerned this is a missing persons file that is open; the detective himself told me that, this is not a search anymore, it's a recovery. No one can image how I felt at that point."
"And yes unfortunately Elaine was also just a missing person to the garda, and now that the body has been found it's a full blown murder case," she said.
Gardaí investigating the murder of Elaine O’Hara, whose decomposed partial skeletal remains were found in the Dublin Mountains last month, have arrested a man.
The suspect is a 41-year-old married man with an address in Foxrock, south Dublin. He was being quizzed at Blackrock Garda station today.
A senior source described today’s arrest as a “major breakthrough”.
Berna's comments on independent.ie this morning show the frustration the families of missing persons feel.
Esra disappeared from her home in Clondalkin in February, 2011 when she left to pop out to the shop.
"We will not give up trying - someone somewhere knows and the truth will come out one day, but its the waiting that is the killer for us," said Berna, who lives in London.
Esra's family are hopeful of finding fresh clues after enlisting the help of a Channel 4 documentary crew.
When searching for Esra, Berna put up a poster in a Neilstown chip shop in 2012. She was followed from the shop by the owner who handed her a set of car keys that had a photograph of Esra (39) and her son Emin.
The owner said the keys were found on a counter in the takeaway before Christmas 2011. But there has been no explanation as to how the keys arrived at the takeaway months after Esra disappeared.
Berna has dismissed suicide theories as Esra had been excited about their mother's upcoming visit to Dublin.
She hopes gardai will put an appeal on Crimecall this month. People with information can contact the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.