Doc­u­men­tary re­calls Esra’s tragic story


Bray People - - NEWS -

THE TRAGIC story of miss­ing Esra Uryan, whose car was found in Bray, was re- told on Chan­nel 4 doc­u­men­tary ‘ The Miss­ing’ last week.

Esra went out to go to the shops from her home in Dublin on Fe­bru­ary 23, 2001, and never re­turned.

The English woman of Turk­ish de­scent left be­hind her hus­band Ozgur and their twoyear-old son Emin.

‘Has some­one got hold of her? Has some­thing hor­ri­ble hap­pened to her? It just doesn't make sense,’ said Esra’s sis­ter Berna dur­ing the doc­u­men­tary.

Berna has come to Ire­land 16 times to try to find clues to what be­came of her sis­ter. ‘She wouldn't just run off on her own. That child was ev­ery­thing to her. I don't be­lieve she would have taken off and left her baby be­hind.’

Ozgur and Emin­went back to Lon­don af­ter the dis­ap­pear­ance. ‘She went to the shops by her­self. She didn’t know the way home, then she got lost some­where,’ Emin, now five, told film­mak­ers.

‘I can't un­der­stand what's go­ing on.

‘ Think about his lit­tle brain - how he's try­ing to cope with the sit­u­a­tion,’ said his fa­ther ‘ You’re al­ways fight­ing be­tween your heart and your mind.

‘ Your heart is say­ing she's com­ing back but your logic is say­ing the prob­a­bil­ity is get­ting low.’

Esra’s Re­nault was caught on CCTV in Bray an hour af­ter she left her home. How­ever the driver could not be iden­ti­fied and there were no cam­eras trained on the spot where it was found parked near the Star amuse­ments.

‘It hurts me to be here, but I keep com­ing back all the time be­cause she’s here some­where and I need to find her,’ said Berna on re­turn­ing to Ire­land.

‘I try and block it all out my head and pre­tend it's not my sis­ter. I hate putting these posters up.

‘I see lamp­post with miss­ing dogs and cats and I'm hav­ing to put my sis­ter's pic­ture up.’

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