Missing Staten Island Mother Is Found Dead in Turkey – Was Stabbed to Death

The Staten Island mother who took a vacation to Turkey and went missing was found dead today.
She was stabbed to death
Turkish officials released video of Sarai Sierra this week that was taken the day she went missing.

Sarai Sierra traveled to Turkey by herself with side trips to Amsterdam and Germany.
CBS Local reported:

A missing Staten Island woman has been found dead in Istanbul, Turkey, according to a Turkish news agency.

Sarai Sierra, 33, had been missing since Jan. 21 after going on vacation alone in Istanbul.

The Anadolu Agency said residents discovered the body of a woman near some ancient city walls in a low-income district and that police later identified it as Sierra’s.

Police in Istanbul would not immediately confirm the report.

In its report, the private NTV news channel said Sierra was stabbed to death. It said police identified her through her driver license.

A police official in Istanbul said police had questioned a man who had been in contact with Sierra during her stay in the city. The official refused to identify him or provide further details on the arrest. He spoke on condition of anonymity in line with government rules that bar civil servants from speaking to reporters without authorization.

Turkish news reports said Sierra had arranged to meet her contact on a bridge she planned to photograph on the day she went missing.

It was Sierra’s first trip out of the country.

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  • Ember George

    What the heck was she doing there alone?

  • jharp

    #1 February 2, 2013 at 12:53 pm
    Ember George commented:

    “What the heck was she doing there alone?”

    Vacationing.

  • Stephana

    Ah yes, a single female Vacationing in an islamic hellhole. She must have believed the garbage that hillery spews.

  • Flintstone F.

    jharp

    Go play in traffic.

    Turkey is not a good place to vacation for a single young female American. She was murdered and jharp can only insert insensitive leftist sarcasm.

    If they got the right guy, he’s looking to spend time in a Turkish prison. At least there’s that.

    She should not have been alone on such a trip.

  • JenBee

    “after going on vacation alone in Istanbul” …. Probably some bleeding-heart lib who thinks islam is a religion of peace, and muslims are just like Christians. Sorry, but no sympathy here.

  • L.barney

    Since Turkey’s gone Muslim who would even bother going there now? Especially a lone woman?

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  • jharp

    #3 February 2, 2013 at 1:17 pm
    Stephana commented:

    “Ah yes, a single female Vacationing in an islamic hellhole.”

    Have you ever even been to Turkey?

    News flash buddy. They are a NATO member. That means if they are attacked we are sworn to defend them.

    Let go of the hate. Turkey is a beautiful country. Much more beautiful and much more to offer than the hellhole we call the south.

    And the Turkish people are far more educated that you red staters.

  • jharp
  • Timshappywife

    Jharp gets mad when people stereotype Turkey so he stereotypes the south. Nice.

  • Timshappywife

    Jharp gets mad when people stereotype Turkey so in Turkey’s defense he stereotypes the south. Nice. Hypocrite.

  • Timshappywife

    Sorry for the double post- didn’t think the first one went though. I don’t think there are many foreign countries I would feel comfortable with visiting alone, especially if I had never been there before. I wouldn’t judge all of Turkey based on this incident as there have been foreign vacationers murdered here in the US as well.

  • JenBee

    #8 LOL, yeah okay, your post is so rich in teh stupid. And why we EVER let Turkey into NATO is a mystery to me. Perhaps at one time (before Erogan, for sure) Turkey was ‘modern’ and such, but the past few years we’re hearing news about how women are being harassed to wear the veil, their college studies are being restricted, Christians aren’t allowed to practice their religion openly, non-Muslims aren’t allowed access to alcohol, in other words every restriction and clamp-down on human rights that we see in every other islamic pit is slowly coming on-line to Turkey. Wanna send your daughter or wife there alone? And then of course there’s this: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4340049,00.html

  • L.barney

    jharp, I am from BOSTON. You should see Bare Naked Islam if you really want to learn the TRUTH about the religion of pieces.

    Check your facts and geography please

  • Gloria Gilson

    This person ran out of the countlesss beautiful and/or interesting places on the earth to visit that she was just determined to go to a MUSLIM country. Are you nuts, lady?

    Apparently you didn’t know that Muslims have been behaving like Muslims since Islam began.

  • jharp

    #10 February 2, 2013 at 1:56 pm
    Timshappywife commented:

    “Jharp gets mad when people stereotype Turkey so he stereotypes the south. Nice.”

    Only I’ve been to the hellhole known as the old confederacy. I am only relaying my experiences in the south.

    Have you been to Turkey?

  • Flintstone F.

    jharp,

    Typical. Blind as a bat. NATO member? Well that changes everything. It didn’t help this woman did it?

    And Libya is a member of the UN and was on the human rights council. I suppose we should pack up the family and go there next summer.

    Seriously, this troll is stupid.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7264903.stm
    Some Turkish muslims think it’s wrong for women to travel alone. That could have been some useful information for the poor girl. The ban in ancient times was because it was not safe according to the article. It was not the intent of the religion for it to be doctrine. Those musi’s who bastardized the religion, islamists, still have a lot of influence, to put it mildly.

    I wonder why there is an effort to change these texts? Maybe because extremism continues to be a problem in Turkey.

  • jharp

    #15 February 2, 2013 at 2:09 pm
    Gloria Gilson commented:

    This person ran out of the countlesss beautiful and/or interesting places on the earth to visit that she was just determined to go to a MUSLIM country. Are you nuts, lady?

    Apparently you didn’t know that Muslims have been behaving like Muslims since Islam began.

    And women never get murdered in America, right?

    Murders rates. And total murders.

    United States 4.8 14,748

    Turkey 3.3 2,320

    Got that?

    She was far less likely to be murdered in Turkey than here in the United States.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_intentional_homicide_rate

    Why are you wing nuts so afraid of foreign countries? Especially our allies?

  • jharp

    #17 February 2, 2013 at 2:20 pm (Edit)
    Flintstone F. commented:

    Turkey’s murder rate is far less than the United States.

  • Sasja

    Egypt is a great place to visit as well and you’re in luck, the window is still open for the best times to visit.

    http://www.bing.com/places/search?q=Egypt&upgid=67&qpvt=egypt&FORM=ATRCTN

  • jharp

    #17 February 2, 2013 at 2:20 pm
    Flintstone F. commented:

    “And Libya is a member of the UN and was on the human rights council. I suppose we should pack up the family and go there next summer.”

    I think Somalia would suit you far better.

    Virtually no central govt, ruled by religious sects, and armed to the teeth.

    Exactly what conservatives are trying to accomplish here.

  • Sasja

    Turkey’s population is around 80mil, give or take. We’re about 300mil, give or take and we do seem to possess a sub-culture of really bad people. Especially in the lib urban areas; Chicago, Detroit, LA. As for your snarky comment about the South, you are a very bad liar. Did no one teach you that bearing false witness is a sin? Tsk. Tsk.

  • Sasja

    The ignorance jharp exhibits is astounding.

  • BarbaraS

    I had a friend who vacationed in Turkey about 15 years ago. She found out later that they started shooting tourists the day after she left. She was probably lucky. Turkey has been dangerous a long time.

  • Jim

    As someone who was raised in Turkey and has been there several times since, the truth is that the further that one gets out of the big cities like Constantinople and Ankara the more backwards things get. Seriously. That’s where the bulk of the “honor killings” happen and other weird crap.

    While it’s sad that another non-Turkish woman was murdered by the Turks, this has happened before;
    Two Northern Irish women murdered in Turkey
    Two women from Northern Ireland have been stabbed to death by a teenager in a forest in Turkey.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/turkey/8711321/Two-Northern-Irish-women-murdered-in-Turkey.html

    Vacationing as a single woman in Turkey brings a risk because Turkish men, especially outside the big cities tend to think as foreign women as prostitutes. Part of that is because a lot of the prostitutes in Turkey are foreign-mainly from Russia/Ukrain/former USSR.

  • jharp

    #25 February 2, 2013 at 2:45 pm
    Jim commented:

    “As someone who was raised in Turkey and has been there several times since, the truth is that the further that one gets out of the big cities like Constantinople and Ankara the more backwards things get. Seriously. That’s where the bulk of the “honor killings” happen and other weird crap. ”

    Pretty much exactly like the United States. What is it with the rural areas being overrun with the crazies? And backwardness?

  • Franklin Amman

    jharp,

    Fedex will make special medication deliveries even on the weekend.

    You must be running low,

  • Joanne

    The woman was a slut, whore, piece of crap, garbage in the minds of muslim men. She was a piece of meat to do whatever some rotten piece of garbage decided to do with her – I bet she was raped.

    I know a young, beautiful woman who travels all over the world, but she doesn’t go to muslim countries. Women are not safe in muslim countries, and this ‘jharp’ knows it. Thailand no longer is allowing any muslim boat people to land on their shores – they will provide them food and water and send them back to where they came from. Muslims are slaughtering the Buddhists in Thailand, and they’ve had enough. We should learn from these people – they take care of their own, finally.

  • jharp

    #27 February 2, 2013 at 2:50 pm
    Franklin Amman commented:

    Got it. I point out to you know nothings that Turkey is a far safer place than the United States.

    And I’m the one who needs medicine?

    Right. And Romney’s gonna win in a landslide too, right?

    You folks are delusion. You have no clue what’s going on. Zero.

  • Joanne

    jharp – most murders in the U.S. are gang and drug related.

  • jharp

    #30 February 2, 2013 at 3:05 pm
    Joanne commented:

    “jharp – most murders in the U.S. are gang and drug related.”

    And the sun rises in the east too. What in the hell does that have to do with anything?

  • wtd

    Her first name “Sarai” is Hebrew in origin. That identity alone, in an increasingly dogmatic Muslim country could have played into this event.

  • wtd

    #25

    “Vacationing as a single woman in Turkey brings a risk because Turkish men, especially outside the big cities tend to think as foreign women as prostitutes. Part of that is because a lot of the prostitutes in Turkey are foreign-mainly from Russia/Ukrain/former USSR.”

    This is a fact which has been documented over and over in the middle east. Intrigued by the non PC expose of the white slave trade in the middle east revealed in this 1965 documentary video, Slave Trade In The World I purchased the book upon which it is based, titled, “The White Slave Trade” by Sean O’Callaghan. This book describes how vulnerable, ambitious young women would be conned by promises of wealth and stardom in the ME, performing in cabarets. Once under the care of the con, the young women would be introduced to cocaine (inhaled)to enhance stage performance . . .soon addicted/trapped/abused/enslaved within the ME shariah mindset.
    In other less suspecting circumstances, young women would fall in love with an exotic specimen who ‘marries’ her and is swept off to the middle east with dreams of wedded bliss. Here is one example as written beginning at the bottom of page 52 in O’Callaghan’s book:

    “An even more remarkable case of the use of aeroplanes for the transportation of white slaves was told to me by an employee of one of the large oil companies who works in Kuwait. I had first met him in Aden and ran into him again in Beirut. We were discussing my last book “The Slave Trade” when he said:

    “you know, Sean, by an amazing soincidence I had just finished reading your book when I saw as brazen and lawful a piece of slave trading, if one can use the word lawful for anything in this filthy racket. As you know I work in Kuwait and come here for enjoyment. Part of my job is to order stores from local merchants. I met one who had often invited me to his house. I went mainly because of boredom, for he was a terrific bore, a name-dropper. He was forever telling me to look up this and that night-club here in Beirut and to mention his name. Eventually I did so, and received a royal welcome. Every one of them were brothels. However, on my last trip I met Ali, accidentally at the airport. He seemed embarrassed to see me, as he was accompanied by four veiled women whom I took to be his wives, of course he didn’t introduce me to them, and I left him after a few minutes conversation. As we left the plane at Kuwait I was right behind one of his wives. When we got on the tarmac she turned to me and said in a perfect cockney accent, ‘Bloody hot, ain’t it?’ Ali heard her and grabbed her, pulling her away.
    After that I made discreet inquiries about Ali. I discovered that in addition to his legitimate business he ran a racket in white slaves. It was a perfectly simple one. As a Muslim he was entitled to have four wives. When he got tired of one he simply said, “I divorce thee’ three times and then he was entitled to take another wife. He sold the wife he had divorced, went to Beirut, bought another one, and repeated the procedure all over again. The English girl was one he had just bought. She was probably a drug addict with no hope of escape. After he tired of her he would sell her too.”

    From my own experience I knew that my friend’s story was absolutely true. The all covering gowns the women wear cover a multitude of sins.”

  • BurrmaShave

    I wonder how many organs she is missing.

  • Francesca

    #8 said: News flash buddy. They are a NATO member. That means if they are attacked we are sworn to defend them.

    Riight… Just like we were responsible for defending our ambassador in Benghazi.

    Good luck with idea.

  • jharp

    #8 said: News flash buddy. They are a NATO member. That means if they are attacked we are sworn to defend them.

    “Riight… Just like we were responsible for defending our ambassador in Benghazi.”

    Libya is not a member of NATO. Nor was their country attacked.

    And many thanks for that ginned up fake scandal.

    Hillary was friggin awesome. Can’t wait to see the campaign ads where she made fools out the republicans.

    Coverage like Hillary just got is extremely valuable. And her approvals are in the stratosphere.

    President Hillary Rodham Clinton. Get used to it.

  • Jharp. Somalia or Detroit? You make the call, imbecile.

  • Flintstone F.

    jharp says:

    Got it. I point out to you know nothings that Turkey is a far safer place than the United States.
    ——–

    You said it so it’s true? How about some in depth analysis. You wouldn’t dare to delve into that mess knowing how difficult it would be to actually defend your insane position.

    You say the rural areas here get crazy? No comment on the murder rate in Chicago? DC? L.A.?

    Conservatives for the record, numb nuts, want the centralized government to respect the constitution. We conservatives put our hands on our hearts when we say the Pledge Of Allegiance and we understand what those words actually mean.

    You do your best to lie in an attempt to demonize people who love their country and their constitution and in doing so, come into a thread to minimize the bad press of a foreign country where an American girl was murdered.

    You might want to check yourself, you’re on the wrong side of the argument.

  • jharp

    #37 February 2, 2013 at 4:48 pm
    Bonnie Blue commented:

    “Jharp. Somalia or Detroit? You make the call, imbecile.”

    I’ll take Detroit. Used to live there and love that city.

    And I’d be more than happy to contribute for your immigration to Somalia. Any chance of you taking saying the entire states of Alabama, Texas, Georgia, Mississippi, Arkansas, South Carolina, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Kentucky with you?

    Us blue staters have supported you red states for far too long.

  • jharp

    #38 February 2, 2013 at 5:10 pm
    Flintstone F. commented:

    jharp says:

    Got it. I point out to you know nothings that Turkey is a far safer place than the United States.
    ——–

    “You said it so it’s true? How about some in depth analysis. ”

    I posted a link, jackass. Murders are far more common in the United States.

    “You do your best to lie in an attempt to demonize people who love their country and their constitution ”

    Really? Love their country and the Constitution?

    Then why are you red states threatening to secede? Is that how you show your love of the country? Break it up? And honoring the Constitution by dissolving the union?

    Yeah, right. I’m the one on the wrong side of the argument.

    You folks are the secessionists.

  • Jim

    @Jharp, “Pretty much exactly like the United States. What is it with the rural areas being overrun with the crazies? And backwardness?”

    Oh yeah, exactly like the United States, what with all of those Islamic sanctioned ‘honor killings’ and whatnot.

    Here’s another unspoken truth about Turkish society that one encounters a a great deal outside Constantinople;

    Cosanguineous Marriage Rates aka Cousin Marriages aka inbreeding:

    Turkey: 20.1%
    Other regions in Turkey:
    Istanbul 17.1%
    West Marmara 7.9%
    Aegean 12.4%
    East Marmara 12.6%
    West Anatolia 21.4%
    Mediterranean 27.1%
    Central Anatolia 20.0%
    West Black Sea 14.9%

    United States: .2%

    In Turkey, your are about 100 times more likely to meet someone who is inbreeding than in the United States.

    In Turkey, 1 out of 5 people marry their own relatives.

    Source: http://www.consang.net/images/c/cb/Asia.pdf

    Make all the ‘Deliverance’ jokes you want. What’s urban legend in the United States is reality in Turkey. That’s the kind of really “weird” stuff that goes on in rural Turkey.

    In fact, you and your buddies at CAIR can spout whatever deflectionist arguments you want but it is simply lazy, misleading, and downright ignorant to compare Turkey with the United States. In no way, shape or form are Americans as backwards as Turks.

  • BigRed

    “President Hillary Rodham Clinton. Get used to it.”

    Sorry, a 66-year old woman with an inoperable brain tumor is not going to be our next President. That ship has sailed. Try to keep up once in a while.

  • David

    Ignorant liberal got what she deserved. At least her ex husband doesn’t have to pay for child support anymore

  • Flintstone F.

    jharp,

    Our president is wielding the federal government against the people in an unconstitutional way. Throwing off tyranny was in part the purpose of the constitution. Hence the 2nd amendment.

    People advocating for secession are venting frustration and anger over a marxist sitting in the White House taking away our basic freedoms. But you are the blissfully ignorant. The frog in the water that boils before it realizes it’s doomed. Not enough sense to jump out? Just because we want to get away from the tyrannical delusions of Obama, doesn’t mean we don’t love our country and our constitution.

    It’s the very reason we want to get away from him. You keep drinking the kool aid.

    Am I really talking to a leftist that claims to love the constitution and the country? You’ve done nothing in this thread but to paint a picture of our country as more backward than Turkey (I didn’t see your link but I wonder if you understand the problem with collecting crime statistics in less than open societies. The US has a higher infant mortality rate than a lot of other countries and that stat has been tossed around by you lefties to argue that our healthcare system isn’t good).

    You pick and choose which Americans are worthy and unworthy, just like Obama.

    Say the Pledge Of Allegiance with me jharp. Tell me what it means. Your friends would never say it. They also would never be caught dead pretending to love the constitution or the country.

    I think you are a very mixed up person.

  • Latin2

    Here is another story of a stupid Liberal woman going to Turkey by herself who ended up being raped and murdered;

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3530754,00.html

    It was not really reported heavily in the USA, which it should’ve been as a warning.

  • Marsh626

    So many libtards – both Left and Right – constantly pimp Western tourism to the 3rd world – especially to the hostile muslime world. Welp, here’s the end result…

    I never understood why people just love to visit primitive ghetto countries…

  • Jim

    Latin2, thanks!!! I couldn’t quite remember the details of the “Peace Bride” murder in Turkey but I wanted to reference that murder. Hat tip to you for remembering that!!!

  • vicky

    This mother in her thirties was a photographer not some random hippy teen looking for a good time. Sadly, there are less & less safe places that a woman can travel alone, especially in Muslim countries where women are treated like property on par w/ cattle or as subhumans confined in their coffin-like burkahs. Feminists like Gloria Steinam are no where to be found decrying the disgusting way Muslims treat women.

    In all fairness, although not nearly as bad a in the Muslim contries, travel in the Western countries is not all that safe either given the influence of our prevasive prorn culture, especially internet porn, that demeans/degrades woman & leaves men disrespecting & treating women as mere sex objects.

  • Flintstone F.

    This is from the link that Latin2 posted. It’s from the comments at the bottom of the article. This is the second time to post this, the first time was several hours ago. It never showed up on this thread.

    31. What some here fail to understand . . .

    is that in islam, the onus to prevent any kind of sexual assault or advance, fails almost entirely on the woman. To some islamic men, a woman traveling alone in this fashion is proclaiming to the world that she is a slut and free for the taking. In the words of Sheik Hilali in Oz, she would be considered “uncovered meat.” ‘If a cat comes in and eats the meat whose to blame . . . the cat ? Or the one who left the meat uncovered?’ (paraphrasing). So, according to many in islam, a woman who leaves here house, and especially leaves her house uncovered and unescorted, is simply ‘uncovered meat’ free for the taking. This is why so many feel that she was particularly naive for attempting this stunt in an islamic country, where such doctrines are pervasive.
    Omar , Plains (04.13.08)

  • Dien Cai Dau

    Serious question here, I have read several of the articles on here tonight and I am wondering why jharp hasnt been banned?
    He adds NOTHING to any of the conversations other than the FAR LEFT drivel he reads somewhere else.
    From what Ive seen in here and other posts he is ONLY here to try and start some kind of fight, constantly repeating afore mentioned drivel.

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  • thebronze

    I totally didn’t see this coming…

  • JT

    Chicago would have been the safer choice for a vacation. Nobody ever gets murdered there.

  • Burt

    The lobotomy leftists like Harpy are seriously stupid !
    Turkey has been taken over a a hard Islamic regime similar to our Marxist Muslim occupying the WH . Under
    Dumb a$$ Hillary ‘s watch
    In which the Islamic terrorism has made a stunning comeback and now control Egypt and Libya and Tunisia and Mali and….
    Heck of a job Comrade Hillary you useful idiot!
    Comrade Hillary’s aide is linked by blood to the terrorist group
    Running Egypt now !
    Lets
    hope the brain dead leftists
    stay in rotting corrupt hell hold northern states !

    As for this Staten Island mother was suckered Into being a mule.
    Her travels to Turkey then to Amsterdam and Germany for one day each and back to turkey are the hallmarks of a drug or terrorist mule.
    This idiot probably was too naive to know what she was transferring and killed off .
    Moron Harpies is giving out travel vacation tips to terrorist
    Harboring Islamic regimes !

  • rodguy911

    Just more of the religion of peace treating women the way they were taught to treat them. Evidently its AOK with Hillary/Moochhell valerie jarrett and the rest of the western libs. No problem here since the DBM won’t cover it. It’s only a problem if it gets coverage.

  • Cactus

    @Jharp:
    Only I’ve been to the hellhole known as the old confederacy. I am only relaying my experiences in the south.

    And I’ve lived in the south all my life. What, specifically, did Jharp experience here that was so traumatic– and where, specifically, did he visit? I’ve never had any “experiences” that were even remotely hellish.

    How about toning down the hate, Jharp?

  • Crinedel

    This whole story doesn’t add up. After arriving in Turkey this innocent woman, who too her first trip abroad to visit Turkey, then also traveled to Amsterdam and Munich, known for, among other attractions, for their easily available drugs. She then returned to Turkey. Hmm. Was she a perhaps an innocent in a drug smuggling ring; or perhaps not so innocent, who in either case rebelled or questioned her role?