Sunday 24 June 2018

'Please find the decency to tell us where she is' - 'inconsolable' family of missing woman issue fresh appeal

Charlotte Murray has not been in contact with her loved ones since October 2012
Charlotte Murray has not been in contact with her loved ones since October 2012

Victoria Leonard

The heartbroken mother of a missing woman is "inconsolable", her family have said on the fifth anniversary of her disappearance.

Charlotte Murray (34), who was originally from Omagh but had been living in Moy, Co Tyrone, was reported missing in May 2013. She had not been in contact with her family or friends since October/November 2012.

Charlotte, who was one of 11 siblings, wasn't married and worked in the catering industry.

Yesterday, her sisters Denise Murray and Emma Corrigan, and her nephew Troy Murray, joined with Detective Chief Inspector Eamonn Corrigan to renew their poignant appeal.

Charlotte's twin sister Denise described the impact of the ordeal on the family as "one of the most horrific experiences we have ever faced in our lives".

She stated: "It's heartbreaking to know that Charlotte's out there somewhere and we can't do anything to help her.

"Since our sister went missing in late 2012 our emotions have been all over the place. Hope has been our friend in this nightmare so far and we cling on to it."

Charlotte's birthday was on Christmas Day, and Denise also revealed the heartache which the festive period now holds for her loved ones.

"Charlotte has missed so many family events and celebrations and that constantly reminds us that Charlotte is not here with us," she continued.

"Christmas is a really sad time for our family also - we'll be spending our sixth Christmas without her this year. We are in mourning but we have no special place to go to remember Charlotte."

Describing her mum as "inconsolable" over Charlotte's loss, Denise said the family simply wanted to lay the young woman to rest.

"We also feel each other's pain. Our poor mum is inconsolable and there's nothing we can say or do to help ease her pain.

"She gave Charlotte life and not knowing what happened to her is heartbreaking for our mum.

"We suffer every day as we try to come to terms with the thought that we might never get to see Charlotte again. She was such a positive and outgoing person - the life and soul of the party and such great fun to be around.

"Someone has taken her life and they know what they have done - we are appealing to that person to come forward… please find the decency to tell us where she is. We just want to say goodbye and lay her to rest."

Chief Inspector Corrigan said that Charlotte's family and friends had "suffered intolerable grief" for the past five years.

"We have made significant progress over the past 12 months and I would like to make a specific appeal for information about Charlotte's engagement ring and her mobile phone.

"The ring has a gold band with diamonds and also has a hexagon shape in the centre containing multiple diamond stones. Charlotte's mobile phone was a Samsung Galaxy Y S5360.

"Her family miss her and they deserve and need to know what happened to her."

Belfast Telegraph

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