Saturday 19 August 2017

'Somebody has done something to her, somebody knows what happened' - Sister of woman missing for six years pleads for answers

Berna Fidan, sister of missing Esra Uyrun, revisits Bray to appeal for information and to raise awareness that her sister is still missing
Berna Fidan, sister of missing Esra Uyrun, revisits Bray to appeal for information and to raise awareness that her sister is still missing
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

The heartbroken sister of missing Esra Uryun has pleaded with the public again to help find answers, as today marks the six year anniversary of her sister's disappearance.

Mother-of-one Esra (38) was last seen leaving her home in Clondalkin, west Dublin, on February 23, 2011.

Her older sister, Berna Fidan (51) is pleading to find out what happened.

"I'm begging for some news. I'm begging for someone to come forward.

Esra Uyrun
Esra Uyrun

"It gets harder and harder as time goes on. In my heart I can't convince myself she's dead without a body," Berna told Independent.ie.

Berna has appealed many times in the past six years for any information on her sister's disappearance.

"There's no CCTV footage of her. She disappeared without a trace."

Esra's family believe she was abducted at some point between the time she set off from her home and the discovery of her car in Bray a few hours later.

Although the vehicle, a grey Renault Twingo, was captured on CCTV being driven towards a car park in the town, efforts to identify the driver have been unsuccessful.

"Someone knows something. All these years nobody has ever come forward. We have nothing."

Berna said that she has no idea what happened to her sister but plays "different scenarios" in her head "over and over again".

"I don't believe she just got up and left. She had made plans for the near future. People have suggested that she was depressed and may have taken her own life but I don't believe that. Somebody has done something to her."

Esra's son is now eight and Berna said explaining what happened to his mum has been very distressing.

"He was only two at the time so all he knows is that his mum popped out and got lost.

Berna said that quest to find her sister has become even harder since her mother, Neriman Fidan, aged 73 was diagnosed with cancer.

"She wants to find out what happened to her daughter before she dies. It's put more pressure on the family to find answers.

"I'm physically and mentally tired of not having any answers. I'm begging for someone to come forward. I doubt she'll ever get justice."

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