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Gardai have given up on finding our Esra, say distraught family

THE family of a mum who vanished in Dublin nine months ago have revealed their anguish as gardai "appear to have abandoned hope" of ever finding her.

Mum-of-one Esra Uyrun disappeared from her Clondalkin home in south Co Dublin on February 23.

While her car was found in Bray, Co Wicklow, there have been no breakthroughs in the search. Esra's husband Ozgur has since moved to London with their toddler Emin (3) so they can be close to other family members.

"I feel like gardai gave up when Ozgur moved to London with Emin," Esra's sister Berna Fidan said.

"We don't hear from them [gardai] at all anymore unless I give them a call, and even then, I usually have to leave a message and hear back from the liaison officer.

"I can understand why they would feel that way, there are no new leads for them to follow up so while the case is open, they are no longer working on it.

"We still hope they will be able to renew the appeal for Christmas."

When Esra went missing, it was first thought that she may have taken her own life as she struggled to come to terms with the death of her elderly father, Turkish native Kurtulus.

However, Berna believes that Esra (39) would never have chosen to leave her son's side.

"Esra was definitely depressed from [his passing] -- we all were, although it affected her more because we were all in London while she was in Dublin with her son Emin and her husband Ozgur.



Frail

"But it all comes down to the fact that she would never have left Emin."

Christmas was always the family's favourite holiday but after losing two people within just over a year, Berna explained that none of them had the heart to join in the festivities.

"Esra was always the first one to put up her Christmas tree, and this year I feel as though there is nothing to celebrate.

"My mum is really frail and this has hit her very badly, she was in hospital last week.

"It's just over a year since my dad passed away and we still have no news about Esra so it's been an incredibly tough year and we won't be marking it."

Berna explained that her nephew had learnt to live without his mother in the past nine months.

"Emin doesn't ask about Esra anymore, he doesn't mention her, if you ask about her, he only says that she is ill and that she is in a hospital.

"It's so sad because now that he is a bit older and going to school, children are going to start asking about his mum," Berna added.

"There will come a time when they will ask him where she is -- children can be cruel, maybe not at that age yet but later, and that's a big concern of ours."

Details of Esra's disappearance remain uncertain. It is thought that she left the house around 7.15am on February 23 to go to the shops and never came back.

When he reported Esra's disappearance to the police, Ozgur recalled that he was getting ready for work when she asked to borrow the car, a grey Renault Twingo , for a few minutes.

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