Photo: Sarai Sierra Body Found
The body of murdered tourist Sarai Sierra is returning home today amidst many questions regarding her final days and what she really did while traveling in Europe.
The 33-year-old married mother of two disappeared after traveling to Turkey, her first trip overseas. Sierra was scheduled to return to the U.S. on January 22 but when she failed to arrive a frantic search ensued organized by Turkish authorities and the FBI.
The battered body of Sierra, a resident of Staten Island, was found near ruins in Istanbul this past Saturday. Her family claims she was a photo enthusiast who kept them informed of all aspects of her trip. Unconfirmed reports are now saying that Sierra met up with criminal elements in the country.
Other reports claim her Turkish Internet pal, only known as Taylan, is now claiming they had a brief consensual sexual tryst. They met online several months ago on Instagram, through their shared love of Turkey and photography and met in person when she traveled to the country.
Another report out of Turkey says the FBI are investigating if Sierra was involved in drug trafficking during her trip which involved stops in Amsterdam and Munich.
Her family insists she traveled to Europe on January 7th to take pictures, a claim that many say the FBI is even doubting now.