American Tourist Missing in Turkey
Sarai Sierra had been staying in dangerous neighborhood
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 29, 2013 5:52 AM CST
Journalists in the street with the hostel, in yellow, where Sarai Sierra, a New York City woman, 33, was staying in Istanbul, Turkey, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Sarai Sierra left for her "dream trip," photographing architecture in Istanbul, on Jan. 7. But when her return flight landed on Jan. 22, she wasn't on it. Now her husband and brother have joined in the search for the American woman in Turkey, USA Today reports. Sierra was the only tourist staying in an apartment building in a dangerous neighborhood known for drug dealing. "If you want to see hell, just go a few streets down," says a woman who lives on the same street.

But police say rape and murder is rare, especially when it comes to tourists, and no one interviewed could remember another foreigner disappearing recently. Sierra, 33, was last heard from the day before her flight home, when she told her sister she was going to photograph a bridge in an upscale district. When she did not return home the following day, her landlord went to check on her and found her passport and her belongings in her room. Sierra's husband, Steven, is a bus driver in New York City; the couple has two children.

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Perotstheman
Jan 29, 2013 9:43 PM CST
my money is on..she's only missing to those back here who don't know where she is. She knows where she is and probably intends to stay.Once assimilated a passport is not necessary to carry at all times.
Antagonist
Jan 29, 2013 9:38 AM CST
Sooooo, Who Gives a Shit! People go missing all the time!
Imhotep
Jan 29, 2013 9:33 AM CST
Say what ? She goes to Turkey alone and stays in a bad neighborhood ? Does she speak the language ? Is it her first time in Turkey ? Is she a professional photographer ? Is she an Architect ? Was she going to write a picture book ? Was she part of a tour group ? Does she know anyone in Turkey ? Does her husband look like Ralph Cramdon ?