Photo: Body of Missing New York Mother, Sarai Sierra, Found in Turkey
On Sunday, the husband of a missing New York woman who was visiting Turkey, had to identify her body.
After going missing more than a week before, the body of Sarai Sierra, 33, was found near ruins in Istanbul.
Steven Sierra, her husband, and David Jimenez, her brother, flew to Istanbul to assist in the search for their loved one
Sierra, who had been traveling alone was scheduled to return to the U.S. on January 22, but when she failed to arrive at New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport, her husband called the airline and discovered she had never boarded the plane home.
On January 7, Sierra arrived in Istanbul. During most of her vacation, the 33-year-old mother of two stayed in contact with her family, which is why it came as a surprise when she was not on her schedule flight home.
For nearly two weeks, local authorities searched for Sierra, but it was not until Saturday that she was found.
Sierra was determined to have died as a result of a blow to the head, but did not appear to have been sexual assaulted. Police believe she was killed elsewhere and her body was moved near ancient stone walls in Istanbul’s Sarayburnu district.
Prosecutors are now asking the courts to allow blood and DNA samples to be taken from 21 people already questioned by authorities in Turkey.
Sierra was found wearing the same clothes she was wearing in surveillance footage which captured her on the day of her disappearance.
The New York mother leaves behind, two sons, 9 and 11. Their grandmother, Betsy Jimenez told the NBC’s Today show the boys do not yet know what has happened to their mother.
‘Their father is going to talk to them when he comes back and we’ll all be there to support him.’