Police and the family of Charlotte Murray are today making a renewed appeal for information about the missing Omagh woman on the fifth anniversary of her disappearance.
The poignant video message from Charlotte’s sisters and nephew, along with the Senior Investigating Officer in the case, Detective Chief Inspector Eamonn Corrigan, is being posted across PSNI’s social media channels and the website.
Charlotte was reported missing in May 2013 but had not been in contact with family or friends since October/November 2012. She was originally from Omagh but had been living in Moy.
Charlotte’s twin sister Denise Murray, who spoke on behalf of her family, said: “Our sister Charlotte’s disappearance is one of the most horrific experiences we have ever faced in our lives.
“It’s heart-breaking 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. Guilt is one emotion we all feel. We feel guilty about going on with our every- day lives as Charlotte will never get the opportunity to continue on with hers.
“Charlotte has missed so many family events and celebration and that constantly reminds us that Charlotte is not here with us. Christmas is a really sad time for our family also – we’ll be spending our 6th Christmas without her this year.
“Loss is an emotion we suffer as we wake up each day and go to sleep each night. We are in mourning but we have no special place to go to remember Charlotte.
"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 heart-breaking 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.
"We still live in hope and wait for her return. 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."
Detective Chief Inspector Eamonn Corrigan said: “For five years, Charlotte’s family and friends have suffered intolerable grief. They can’t move on with their lives until they know what has happened to her.
“Police are working on the belief that Charlotte has been murdered and I am appealing to anyone who may have any information that will help me with my investigation to please come forward and speak to my team of detectives.
“We have made significant progress over the past 12 months and I would like to make a specific appeal today for information about Charlotte’s engagement ring and her mobile phone. Both these items are of great importance to my investigation. 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.
“I would appeal to anyone who came into possession of either of these items since Charlotte went missing to please contact us.
“Charlotte’s family miss her and they deserve and need to know what happened to her. If you have any information no matter how small please contact detectives in Gough on 101 extension 34233.”
Poem by Charlotte’s family
There aren't enough words to describe how we feel, we try as a family to get by as best we can,
You were such a free spirit, never needed anyone,
Always off on new adventures, and sometimes forgot to fill us in,
You didn't need our approval,
You were so authentic in everything you done.
Troubles are bubbles and bubbles blow away; build a wall and get over it! That's what you always used to say!
No one is worth your tears but you are worth ours,
It hurts me to know you couldn't blow bubbles you couldn't build a wall and I wasn't there that night something bad happened to you,
You started a new life in the Moy. You are my twin but the complete opposite of me for I could never leave home, and that's where your life ended and we know deep in our hearts someone has murdered you,
And now our troubles are bubbles that won't blow away, we can't build a wall and get over it, our grief and hurt is here to stay,
Our special events aren't special anymore; our hearts are broken and we are sick - sick to our stomachs and we just don't know what to do anymore,
Someone has taken your life and they know what they have done,
Find the decency in you and tell us where she is,
We didn't get to say goodbye,
We won't rest until we can lay you to rest,
Someone out there knows where you are and we beg that person to find it in their heart to tell us, to give us closure,
Let us bring our sister home........