Police searching for escaped prisoner over mother's suspected murder
Police are hunting the son of a Sydney grandmother who disappeared in suspicious circumstances nearly two years ago.
It's feared Nadire Sensoy, 71, may have been murdered and a $350,000 reward is now on offer for anyone who can shed light on the case.
Ms Sensoy was last seen at her family home on Upwey Street, in Prospect, in the city's west on December 6, 2018.
Her son, Selim Sensoy, was jailed not long after his mother disappeared for assaulting one of his sisters, but remains on the run after escaping from the Glen Innes Correctional Centre on May 24, 2020.
Police have confirmed they are looking at Mr Sensoy along with a number of other persons of interest.
"Certainly her son is wanted for escaping jail in Glen Innes and it's a line of enquiry as are all lines of enquiry in regards to this suspicious disappearance," Superintendent Stephen Egginton, from Blacktown Police, said today.
"It's best for him that he comes forward and presents himself to police."
Mr Sensoy has family connections in the Mid North Coast and southeast Queensland areas, but he could have returned to Prospect.
One of Ms Sensoy's other daughters broke down in tears while pleading for information.
"It's been so difficult not knowing where mum is and not being able to speak with her," Ms Sensoy's daughter, Turkan Alagoz, said.
Ms Sensoy had lived in Prospect, near Blacktown, for 40 years and was well-known within the community.
She was reported missing by neighbours on 11 December but has not been seen or heard from since.
"She's very respected by all of her neighbours, even some of them calling her 'aunty' so she wouldn't just up and leave without telling anybody," Ms Alazog said.
"Please if anybody knows where she is, or has some information that can help the police find her, please reach out.
"Please let us know where she is."
Detectives hope the $350,000 reward will provide the incentive needed to solve the mystery of Ms Sensoy's disappearance.
Security vision showing Ms Sensoy visiting her local shopping centre Westpoint Blacktown, one month before she went missing, has also been released during today's appeal.
"The impact on the family is obviously quite profound," Mr Egginton said.
"It's is quite perplexing and troubling for the family in regards to not hearing from Nadire for that length of time.
"Nadire has 17 grandchildren and a number of great grandchildren as well – she's a family lady who is dearly loved by her neighbours and those who knew her."
Police said a number of searches have been carried out around the family home to no avail.
Ms Sensoy had made a number of appointments that she failed to show up to and has not touched her bank account since her disappearance.
"The circumstances of which she went missing are nothing but suspicious," Mr Egginton said.
"It's very out of character for her not to turn up to those appointments."
Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000