Missing US Woman Found Dead in Turkey

Turkish news agency says Sarai Sierra was stabbed in Istanbul

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Feb 2, 2013 12:30 PM CST

(Newser) – Turkey's state-run news agency says a missing New York City woman has been found dead in Istanbul. Sarai Sierra, a 33-year-old mother of two, went missing while vacationing alone in Istanbul. She was last heard from on Jan. 21, the day she was due back home. The Anadolu Agency says that residents discovered the body of a woman near ancient city walls in a low-income district and that police later identified it as Sierra's. In its report, the private NTV news channel said Sierra was stabbed to death. It said police identified her through her driver license. Police detained a man for questioning in her disappearance yesterday.

In this image provided by the family, Sarai Sierra is shown in an undated family photo in New York.
In this image provided by the family, Sarai Sierra is shown in an undated family photo in New York.   (AP Photo/Family Photo)
Photos of Sarai Sierra are seen among the missing Turks on the back of a minibus.
Photos of Sarai Sierra are seen among the missing Turks on the back of a minibus.   (AP Photo)
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