Photo: New York Woman Missing in Turkey, Husband and Brother Fly Over for Search
A New York woman has disappeared after flying to Turkey on vacation and her brother and husband are now flying oversea to be closer to the search.
On January 7, Sarai Sierra arrived in Istanbul. She was originally going to travel with a friend, but the friend was no longer able to go, so she was traveling alone. During most of her vacation, the 33-year-old stayed in contact with her family, so it came as a surprise when she was not on her return flight.
Sierra 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 Monday Sierra’s husband, Steven, and her brother, David Jimenez, flew to Istanbul to assist in the search for their loved one.
Before leaving for Turkey, Jimenez told the Associated Press, ‘I don’t want to come home without my sister.’
Sierra is the mother of two sons, ages 9 and 11.
During their search for the missing mother, investigators found her Sierra’s passport, clothes, phone chargers, and medical cards were left in her hostel room in Beyoglu.
Investigators say they are also searching hospitals and police stations just to be sure she hasn’t somehow been injured, misidentified, or arrested.