33 Year Old Sarai Sierra of NYC Who Went Missing While Vacationing in Istanbul, Turkey Found Dead, Stabbed to Death (VIDEO)


The sad end to the case of missing mother of two found dead …

33 year old Sarai Sierra had been missing since January 21, 2013 when she was last heard from her family and was supposed to return home to New York City from her vacation in Turkey. She told her family that she would visit Galata Bridge, which spans the Golden Horn waterway, to take photos. That was the last they ever heard from her. Sadly, the body of Sarai Sierra was found Saturday evening.  The body of a woman was discovered Saturday evening near the remnants of ancient city walls and later identified as missing American tourist Sarai Sierra. According to accounts, she had been stabbed to death. The police have detained nine people for questioning in connection with this missing persons/murder case, two of which are woman. The authorities believe that Sarai Sierra may have been killed at another location and that her body may have been brought to the site to be hidden amid the city walls.

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A New York City woman who went missing while vacationing alone in Istanbul was found dead on Saturday and police detained nine people for questioning in connection with her case, Turkey’s state-run news agency said.

Sarai Sierra, a 33-year-old mother of two, was last heard from on Jan. 21, the day she was due to board her flight back home. Her disappearance attracted a lot of interest in Turkey, where disappearances of foreign tourists are rare, and Istanbul police had set up a special unit to find her.

The Anadolu Agency said the body of a woman was discovered Saturday evening near the remnants of ancient city walls and that police later identified it as Sierra’s.

CBS News reporter Laura Wells in Istanbul reports that the police said the nine people who were detained were at the scene when the body was found with Sierra’s driver’s license near the Four Seasons Hotel.

Authorities believe that Sierra was probably stabbed elsewhere and her body was then left at the city walls, Wells reports.

UPDATE I: Police told CNN’s sister network CNN Turk that the body of the 33-year-old mother of two showed signs of stab wounds. However, the police chief of Istanbul, Huseyin Capkin, said Sierra died from a blow to her head.


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  • Comments

    2 Responses to “33 Year Old Sarai Sierra of NYC Who Went Missing While Vacationing in Istanbul, Turkey Found Dead, Stabbed to Death (VIDEO)”

    1. A Texas Grandfather on February 2nd, 2013 11:31 pm

      One would think that a 33 year old woman would know better than to travel in that part of the world alone. Maybe she will become a lesson to others that women or men traveling alone in any of the countries of that region set themselves up as targets.

      Prayers for the children and husband.

    2. Purice Nichols on February 5th, 2013 1:36 pm

      A man or woman traveling alone, especially their first time abroad, should be well educated before boarding. And if you are to meet up with someone over over there who you did happen to meet online, who you think you can trust, make sure you never meet them alone. That is number two. Turkey is mainly a Muslim country, and the people there are very set in their ways with customs and religion. Perhaps some people felt offended by all the pictures she had been taking, knew about the other countries she had just been to..no robbery, no rape…Sounds “personal” to me. So sad….I feel for her poor family. God bless them. Thank you for the chance to comment, as this has had me disturbed ever since reading about it. I pray they find who did this.

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