Murdered Tourist Wasn't Just Taking Pictures: FBI
Agents believe there was more to Sarai Sierra's Turkey trip
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 6, 2013 11:04 AM CST
In this image from files provided by the family, Sarai Sierra is shown in an undated family photo, in New York.   (AP Photo/Family Photo, File)

(Newser) – Sarai Sierra's family says the murdered New York mom was in Turkey on a photography vacation, but FBI agents say they think she was doing more than just taking a few innocent pictures. "The first people she met up with were a criminal element," a source close to the investigation tells the New York Post, adding that witnesses reported seeing Sierra with "sketchy characters." FBI agents are in Turkey now, and are looking into possible drug trafficking connections.

Investigators don't think they're getting the whole story from Sierra's relatives, though they are cooperating with the investigation. "Being cooperative and being helpful are two different things," points out a source. A Turkey newspaper reported that investigators are also looking at a group of unofficial tour guides who have been known to harass tourists, the New York Daily News reports; Sierra was reportedly seen with them twice. Sierra's body will be flown back to the US tomorrow.

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Mr_Joshua
Feb 7, 2013 11:16 AM CST
A Turkey newspaper reported that investigators Come on Evann. You've been doing this long enough to know the difference between Turkey and Turkish. Have you ever had a Turkish sandwich ?? And you can call me................Mr Joshua
right2dave
Feb 7, 2013 7:02 AM CST
Drug deal gone bad!
joe_dert2012
Feb 6, 2013 10:58 PM CST
I believe Kim Kendall might be onto something here. She may have been a Zionist Mossad agent sent as a diversion. Kim Kendall certainly seems to know a lot. Maybe he had something to do with her murder. He should be put under surveilance.