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Missing Dublin mum 'murdered' says her sister

THE sister of a missing Dublin mum believes she was "murdered or kidnapped".

Esra Uyrun (39) vanished from her West Dublin home three weeks ago and has not been seen since.

Her distressed sister insists she did not take her own life -- and that she would never desert her two-year-old son.

"I have this feeling that I can't explain telling me that something just doesn't add up," Berna told the Herald today.

"My brother was over last week and even he said that Esra has either been murdered or kidnapped. They can't find a body that proves that she would have done anything to herself."

Esra's husband Ozgur told how she left home in Clondalkin to go to the shops but never returned.

Her car was later found in a car park at the seafront in Bray, Co Wicklow.

Berna said that Esra would never have left her son Emin (2) unless she had been murdered or kidnapped.

Berna said that Esra, originally from Turkey, might have been lonely in Collinstown Grove, Clondalkin, Dublin, and depressed from the death of their father, but she would never have tried to hurt herself.

"As far as I'm concerned the only way that she is alive and not coming to us is if she's been held against her will.

"My sister would not just walk out of the house and go somewhere, she would take her baby with her -- she's the type of person who would think that you can give up on your friends, family, husband but not your child.

"If she had done anything to herself, we would have found her body by now, we've had many organisations searching for her for the last three weeks -- the gardai, divers, a mountain rescue team, some charities-- but nothing has been found but her car."


Gardai say they are "very concerned" for her wellbeing.

The 39-year-old moved to Dublin four years ago from the UK for Ozgur's work -- and they hoped to move back to London shortly to be close to family. Her husband of seven years last saw her on February 23 around 7am when she left by car. Ozgur told gardai that she liked going to Bray sometimes, which led them to search the area and discover the pair's car, a Renault Twingo, in the area. Gardai are now reviewing footage from CCTV cameras in the area. "The gardai are checking other cameras around Bray and in Greystones because that's where the last telephone signal came from," Ozgur said.

Berna has been so worried she has even resorted to visiting a psychic.

"I've never been to a medium before but I'm just so desperate for any clue," she said.


"I didn't tell the woman who I was before I went to see her, I wrote down my sister's first name and gave her a photo of her when I was there and the first thing she said was that my sister's car was near the sea.

"She then said that Esra wasn't anywhere near the car because it was a ploy to put people on the wrong track, and she said that Esra was put in another blue car.

"I don't know what to believe anymore but this certainly struck a chord because we found out that my sister's car was parked in a corner that couldn't be picked up by CCTV cameras, the only blind spot in the car park."

Esra has medium-brown hair with blonde highlights, green eyes, and is of slim build. She is 5ft 3in and was wearing black leggings, brown boots, a black t-shirt, and either a black jumper or blue denim jacket.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Ronanstown Garda Station 01 6667700, Bray Garda Station 01 6665300 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.