Sarai Sierra was found dead in Turkey on Feb. 1, 2013 after disappearing while on a trip to Istanbul more than one week earlier. The married mother-of-two was supposed to return to New York on Jan. 21, 2013, but she never boarded her flight, according to The Huffington Post.
There are conflicting reports, all unconfirmed, about Sarai Sierra's cause of death. She may have been stabbed to death or succumbed to blunt force trauma of the head, speculated several media sources. However, the U.S. Department of State has declined to comment on the case out of respect for her family, and the local police refused to comment when contacted by the Associated Press.
The lifeless body of a woman later identified as Sarai Sierra was found dead near the remains of ancient city walls after police in Istanbul set up a special unit solely to investigate her disappearance. The 33-year-old wife and mother had traveled alone to Amsterdam, Netherlands, Munich, Germany and Turkey to pursue an interest in photography, leaving her husband and nine- and eleven-year-old children behind in the United States.
Nine people, seven men and two women, have been questioned in the disappearance and murder of Sarai Sierra. The case is still under investigation.