Turkey Detains Suspect in NY Mom's Murder

'Ziya T.' had been on run for a month after Sarai Sierra found dead

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 17, 2013 7:52 AM CDT

(Newser) – After more than a month of searching, Turkish police have detained a man considered the top suspect in the murder of 33-year-old Sarai Sierra, an American mom and photographer who was found dead in Istanbul last month. A police spokesman says that the suspect, identified as Ziya T., was caught near the Syrian border. Though earlier reports had described the suspect as a homeless man, Turkish media are saying that he is a scrap paper collector who hung out around Istanbul's ancient city walls, where Sierra's body was discovered.

Sarai Sierra is shown in an undated family photo, in New York.   (AP Photo/Family Photo, File)
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