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.