Body of missing NY mother found in Turkey
Sarai Sierra's family raised alarms after the 33-year-old mother of two didn't return to New York on January 22, as expected.
February 2nd, 2013
09:21 PM ET

Body of missing NY mother found in Turkey

The family of an American woman who went missing in Istanbul nearly two weeks ago are in mourning after learning that Turkish police found her body Saturday.

Steven Sierra wept during a phone call with CNN, as he waited in Istanbul to go with police to identify the body of his wife, Sarai Sierra.

Turkish police found the New York woman's body near ancient stone walls in Istanbul's Sarayburnu district, the semi-official Anatolian Agency reported. Police suspected she had been killed at another location.

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  1. Name*Lance D.

    Its too bad they found her dead. Now does going on vacation by yourself to the middle east where Americans are hated by all the muslims, seem like such a good idea after all? Myself, I wouldn't waste my time unless maybe if it was Israel. Sorry if this sounds harsh but too many people lack common sense.

    February 2, 2013 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Somebody needs to read up more on Turkey. 1.) It is NOT in the middle east. 2.) Americans are not hated there 3.) Istanbul has a lower crime rate than most American cities

      I've been to Turkey many times. It is, and will remain, one of the world's most welcoming and captivating destinations.

      February 2, 2013 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johnson

      you seem a little bias my friend. How many times have you been to the beautiful country of Turkey? The only facts you have are the ones being given to you. Unfortunately, you know ONLY and strictly ONLY what the media wants you to know. So therefore my friend before you start criticizing, please expand your knowledge with some true facts. =)

      February 2, 2013 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. US Citizen

    Name*Lance D. – You seem to be a typical ignorant person who has no clue about what lies outside of these states. Just because you heard it on Fox , does not make it a fact. I have found people who travel outside the states a bit more intelligent about the rest of the world. Perhaps you are well travelled – trips to DisneyLand and InLaws house do not count. Travel the world and see how other people live. Just because one lady dies in Turkey, does not make all these countries dangerous. Have you ever been to East LA, perhaps Detroit, ? I recommend a bit of knowledge before putting your facebook like comment on this site. As for Turkey, last I checked it is not in the middle east. Oh and if you go to Israel, just stay there. They have an import policy of people from all over the world.

    February 2, 2013 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Turkey is mid east

      Fox reported the Very same thing you blubbering idiot.
      Meanwhile foxs 6am morning show beats out cnns prime time every single day. LMAO
      And I have been to Israel as well as turkey and it does border Syria which borders Iraq. If that is not the middle east then call me crazy

      February 3, 2013 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • joeaverager

      Thank you US Citizen/Eric/Hide Behind – a voice of sense among the din of the crowd. I lived overseas for three years. The majority of people out there in the big wide world are good people living the same ordinary lives as we Americans albeit with different foods and store brands. Occasionally a person will happen upon a murderer – it happens here and it happens elsewhere. This article will speak to people like Lance D who will use it as a justification that everywhere outside of the USA is a war zone.

      February 4, 2013 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. tata

    Seems like there's more to it. Why go on "vacation" alone without hubby, or at least a girlfriend. She was probably having an affair.

    February 2, 2013 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jweddington

      Agreed. When we play with fire do we not know there is a possibility we may get burned? There is no accountability for our actions in this country. If I get on an airplane and it crashes ... I KNEW that was a possibility when I got on the damned plane...unless it's GROSS negligence then that's just the way it goes, folks.

      February 7, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. guest

    @ eric – there was a bombing there recently on the US embassy by a terrorist marxist group. Its not wrong to consider it a part of the middle east. Its considered a transcontinental country since its partly in the middle east but by definition they call it Western Asia. Other Countries considered in Western Asia = Iraq / Arab Emirates / Saudi / Kuwait etc.

    February 2, 2013 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Actually Turkey is officially a part of Europe. And, Istanbul, in particular is more "European" than many European cities. Spend one day in Istanbul and then spend one day in any other middle eastern city – Riyadh, Tehran, Baghdad, Cairo, Amman, Beirut, Damascus...etc. The difference is night and day.

      Check the statistics. An American is much more likely to be killed their home state than anywhere in Turkey.

      February 3, 2013 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
  5. Hide Behind

    Americans are Mothers or Fathers of Angelic children. And all nations I guess,except Turkey, have bad people living there.
    The best that CNN can do is to hype the news by saying woman was NY mother.
    Turkey is nice quite orderly but there is a latent feeling of brutality that permeates its powerfull elites and yes the populace at large as well.
    Oh yes a nice place unless you aree Kurdish or Armenian. But they very well know the consequences of stepping out of place.
    In the days of no fly zones we helped Turks bomb Iraqs Kurds invade Iraq with armored units and they made us mad because when they were aloft our planes from there were grounded.
    Yup nice place.

    February 3, 2013 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    Comments blocked.
    @Hide Behind@Eric
    On mark.
    Istanbul indeed has one of the lowest crime rates.

    February 3, 2013 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    And on the M.East folks.
    Just take time out and visit places like Dubai, AbuDhabi, Bahrain, S.Arabia where westerners rake in moolah and have time of their lives. Dubai & AbuDhabi have become a paradise for European retirees.
    before this 'War on Terror' South East Asia & whole of the M.East used to be like that.

    February 3, 2013 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Monica

    It's so sad to hear about this horrific end to this woman's quest for adventure.. Whenever someone travels alone, or with a group, they should always be alert to their surroundings- especially when in a non-touristy country. I 100% agree with the author's comment about learning a little about the culture of the country you're traveling to. Little social cues such as smiling, or hand shaking, can take on totally different meanings in other places. There are great resources online to learn about other cultures, as well as sites that have blogs on how to stay safe while traveling, like Healthy Travel. I definitely recommend these for any travelers.

    February 4, 2013 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  9. patricia

    hoopefully family is getting plenty of love

    February 5, 2013 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Fernando

    She had an affair with one of the suspects being interrogated according to the spanish media.

    February 8, 2013 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Anzing

    She was there for all the wrong reasons.

    I wish people would stop their Turkey bashing. If ever another American tourist is killed in Turkey, the authorities and population might not be so sympathetic.

    February 8, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |