Report: Missing NYC woman found dead in Turkey

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Associated Press

Posted on February 2, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Updated Saturday, Feb 2 at 10:04 PM

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Police in Turkey are reportedly questioning 11 people in connection with the death of a New York City woman who went missing while vacationing alone in Istanbul.

Turkey's state-run news agency says the body of Sarai Sierra was discovered Saturday evening near the remnants of ancient city walls.

The agency says she was found with a head wound and a blanket near her body. She was wearing jeans, a jumper and a jacket, and still had her earrings and a bracelet.

Sierra, whose children are 9 and 11, had left for Istanbul on Jan. 7 to explore her photography hobby and made a side trip to Amsterdam, Netherlands, and Munich, Germany. She had originally planned to travel with a friend, but ended up traveling alone when her friend canceled.

She was in regular contact with friends and relatives, and was last in touch with her family on Jan. 21, the day she was due back in New York. She told them she would visit Galata Bridge, which spans Istanbul's Golden Horn waterway, to take photos.

The body was found not far from the bridge.

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