Wednesday 18 October 2017

CCTV footage may unlock mystery of missing Esra (38)

Esra Uryun
Esra Uryun

NICK BRAMHILL

THE sister of a woman who vanished without trace after leaving her Dublin home four years ago says she believes further expert analysis of crucial CCTV footage relating to her sibling's case could finally solve the mystery behind her baffling disappearance.

Tomorrow will mark the fourth anniversary of the disappearance of Esra Uryun, a 38-year-old married mother-of-one who was last seen leaving her house in Clondalkin, west Dublin.

Her heartbroken family believe she was abducted at some point between her setting off from home and the discovery of her car in Bray, Co Wicklow, later that morning.

Her older sister Berna Fidan (49), who has travelled over to Ireland from her London home in a bid to generate much-needed publicity about her sister's disappearance, said her family are still "completely clueless" about what happened to Esra.

But she said she believes further analysis of the CCTV footage - which captured her sister's car, a grey Renault Twingo, driving towards a car park in Bray on the day she disappeared - could yield a vital clue into her disappearance.

The driver's face in the grainy footage -which the family believe to be Esra's abductor - cannot be made out.

But Berna said she has been in contact with London-based specialists who may be able to enhance the quality of the CCTV footage to enable the person at the wheel of the car to be positively identified.

She said: "Getting hold of the original footage represents our only hope. I've made contact with the gardai and the Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald, to ask if it would be possible for a company in London to look at the tape.

"We're desperate at the moment and we have no idea if Esra is dead or alive. . . I can't give up. I'll keep on going until I get closure."

Sunday Independent

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