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Missing New York woman Sarai Sierra found dead
1.       si++
3785 posts
 04 Feb 2013 Mon 12:46 pm

From: here


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 and near a major road that runs alongside the sea of Marmara. Here tourists often photograph dozens of tankers waiting to access the Bosporus strait.

2.       AlphaF
5677 posts
 04 Feb 2013 Mon 04:35 pm

"Case of the Lady Photographer Who Embarked On A 15000 dollar Photographing Trip Without a Proper Camera"


A tough case to solve, even for Mr. Holmes himself....{#emotions_dlg.you_crazy}


3.       Elisabeth
5732 posts
 04 Feb 2013 Mon 09:57 pm

Nobody should meet an end like this but I do feel like there is more to the story than what has been reported.  Nothing about it makes much sense to me. 

4.       stumpy
638 posts
 05 Feb 2013 Tue 01:02 am

There are so many stories about this, seems she had spent thousands of dollars but prefered to stay in a basement flat in the neighbourhood of Tarlabaşı, by what I am told it is not a very good neighbourhood.

It is just sad that her life ended that way.

5.       si++
3785 posts
 05 Feb 2013 Tue 10:30 am


Quoting stumpy

There are so many stories about this, seems she had spent thousands of dollars but prefered to stay in a basement flat in the neighbourhood of Tarlabaşı, by what I am told it is not a very good neighbourhood.

It is just sad that her life ended that way.


That´s not a good place to stay. But what she spent is not certain.


For example this link says:


Reports claiming that Sierra had spent nearly $15,000 during her trip also did not reflect the truth, Ülgütol added, stressing that she had spent “reasonably” for a tourist.

Steven Sierra, her husband, sent her $350 and $150, Ülgütol said, adding there was no evidence of any large money transitions.


6.       alameda
3499 posts
 05 Feb 2013 Tue 10:47 am

The whole story is odd. It mentioned she was from Staten Island, which is one of the 5 buroughs of NYC. It is one that was very hard hit by Super Storm Sandy just a couple of months ago. 

The articles don´t say much about her, who she was, what she did. May she rest in peace. 

7.       roxanatv
47 posts
 08 Feb 2013 Fri 07:06 pm

Now Turkey’s Vatan newspaper has claimed Taylan K told police they had consensual sex a day before Sarai Sierra went missing. The duo had met online months before she left for Turkey on January 7.

It adds yet more intrigue to the circumstances surrounding Sarai Sierra’s death after earlier reports she was hanging out with “a criminal element” before she was killed. The FBI is also reportedly investigating whether she was involved in drug trafficking during her visit to the country.

Taylan K, who first met Sarai Sierra online several months ago when he commented on one of her photographs on Instagram, denied having any part in her disappearance or murder.

He added that he sent her a message on the day she vanished and asked her to meet, but she never responded. Police have taken a blood and sperm sample from Taylan K and 21 others.

Sarai Sierra’s body was found stashed by Istanbul’s ancient city walls on Saturday, more than a week after she failed to catch her flight home. Police said she died from a blunt force trauma.

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 on, but her iPhone and iPad were missing.

The claims come on the same day as a source familiar with her murder investigation has suggested she had been hanging out with “a criminal element” while on the trip.

FBI agents investigating the killing do not believe she had only travelled to the country to take pictures, as her family has claimed.

“The first people she met up with were a criminal element,” the source told the New York Post.

“There are some witness reports that she was seen with sketchy characters.”

Authorities are now trying to verify these claims amid reports that her casket will be sent back to the US on Thursday, the Post reported.

Among various lines of inquiry investigators are looking into a possible connection to drug trafficking.

Sarai Sierra, who had been unemployed and had declared bankruptcy in 2005, had also travelled to Amsterdam and Munich while on the trip, which was her first time leaving the United States.

She had initially planned to visit the country for three weeks, but after 12 days she posted online that she had to cut the trip short.

Her family, including her devastated husband Steven Sierra, have said Sarai went to the country because of the photo opportunities. They say she used her iPad and iPhone to shoot the images.

To pay for her funeral, her family began selling some of her images online on Tuesday and soon had enough to cover her expenses.

The photos remain on sale online and any other profits will go to her two young sons, who are nine and 11, her family wrote on the website.

Photographs on sale include images taken during her time in Istanbul and pictures of New York City. They are being sold as canvases, framed prints, greeting cards and iPhone cases for $39.95 each.

“Sarai’s passion for photography and love for capturing the beauty we see in culture, architecture and scenery was her reason for traveling to Istanbul,” her brother, David Jimenez, wrote on the site.

David Jimenez added this afternoon: “Thank you for all the support in purchasing Sarai’s pictures. Quick update, all expenses for Sarai’s funeral have been paid for!

“From here on out any picture of hers that you purchase will NOT be going towards her funeral. All funds will be going to her children. Thank you for your support. David.”

Sarai Sierra the married New York mother who was murdered while on a solo trip to Turkey had sex the day before she vanished with a man she met on the internet 350x264 photo

Sarai Sierra, the married New York mother who was murdered while on a solo trip to Turkey, had sex the day before she vanished with a man she met on the internet

The outpouring of support comes hours after Sarai Sierra’s devastated husband, Steven, revealed how he is consumed with sadness at his wife’s death.

Steven Sierra, 40, left their home in Staten Island for Istanbul last week to help search for his wife, after she failed to get on a flight back to the U.S. on January 21 – but the trip ended in heartbreak.

“I’m heartbroken,” Steven Sierra said. He was married to Sarai for 14 years. “This is something you never want to imagine, and it’s something I’d never want anyone to experience.

“You have so many plans, so many dreams with the person you deeply love. You look forward to many years together and there are so many things you haven’t fulfilled with that person, and now those won’t be fulfilled,” he told the New York Daily News.

His two sons, who are aged 9 and 11, still do not know their mother is dead. Steven Sierra told the Daily News he is waiting until he returns home to tell the boys face-to-face.

Turkish police hope DNA samples from 21 people being questioned in the case will be key to finding the perpetrators, according to state run media.

Sarai Sierra’s mother told the Today show: “It was such a shock when we heard. She was supposed to come back and she didn’t.

“Her little boys do not know, their father will talk to them once he gets back. We will all be present for this.

“It was the first time she was going overseas after getting into photography college. She wanted to go there and take pictures of bridges and the history of the city.”

Sarai Sierra had left for Istanbul on January 7 to explore her photography hobby, her family said.

She was in regular contact with friends and relatives, and had told them she would visit Galata Bridge, which spans Istanbul’s Golden Horn waterway, to take photos.

CBS News reported that shortly after Sarai Sierra’s body was discovered, a woman came forward and told police she had seen a white car parked near the city walls as she was driving there the night of January 29, Anadolu reported.

The eyewitness said a man was trying to remove “something” from the car, at which point she caught a glimpse of a woman’s hand.

The news came after police in Istanbul detained and released a man who was one of the last in contact with the missing mother, who vanished the same day she planned to meet up with him.

The man only identified as “Taylan” on social media sites was taken into police custody after questioning on the disappearance of the woman.

Turkish news reports said Sarai Sierra had arranged to meet her contact, “Taylan”, on Galata Bridge she wanted to photograph the day she went missing.

It was about a mile from Sarai Sierra’s hostel, Dogan news agency reported but it’s not known if the meeting had actually taken place.

“We did not meet that day, but we had met before,” Taylan told police while adding that it was four months ago that they met for the first time online, Turkish paper the daily Hürriyet reports.

Authorities scoured security camera images near to the bridge to see if the meeting did in fact take place, the news agency said.

Last week, Turkish police released security camera footage showing missing Sarai Sierra at a mall near her hostel hours before she disappeared.

Sarai Sierra can be seen eating lunch and walking through the mall on January 20 – a day before she was supposed to catch a flight back home.

Her family last heard from Sarai Sierra on January 21, when she was supposed to start her journey home, but she never checked into her flight.

Read more: http://www.bellenews.com/2013/02/07/world/europe-news/sarai-sierra-had-an-affair-with-taylan-k-she-met-on-the-internet-before-she-went-missing-in-istanbul/#ixzz2KKQzULxB

Edited (2/8/2013) by roxanatv

8.       alameda
3499 posts
 10 Feb 2013 Sun 03:49 am

Stop all this spectulation on if she had a sexual relationship or not. The fact of the matter is someone´s wife ane mother was horribly murdered after being beaten. I feel really really bad for this poor woman, an in particular for her family who is having to go through hearing an reading all the terrible things people are saying about a wife and mother. 

"Police said he was not a suspect.

Taylan K’s lawyer Ozkan Polat said Friday that his client denies the claims, calling them “wholly untrue”.

Ozkan Polat insists the pair had “no emotional relationship” and had met for a cup of tea as friends, adding that his client comes from a “good family and completed a master’s program abroad…He’s very demoralized”.

What is the point of speculation on her sex life? Are people looking for an excuse for her brutal murder? Let the poor lady rest in peace, hasn´t she paid enough? Let´s not make her children suffer anymore regarding silly speculation as to their mother´s moral character. 



Edited (2/10/2013) by alameda

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9.       Elisabeth
5732 posts
 10 Feb 2013 Sun 08:02 pm

It is easy to bring up somebodies supposed moral indescretions because if she had sex with someone other than her husband somehow that will make it easier for people to blame her and not the dangerous element that exists in ALL major cities of the world.  Turkey is usually a very safe place to vacation.  The fact that an American woman was murdered makes it very difficult for Turkish authorities to reconcile that fact.  I agree with alameda.  It really doesn´t matter if she had a relationship with a man in Turkey.  Hopefully, the Turkish authorities and the FBI will be able to piece together what happened to her so that the family has some closure.  

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