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