Documentary recalls Esra’s tragic story
MISSING FOR PAST 13 YEARS
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.’