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    Missing Mom Dead in Turkey

    A member of the Istanbul-based Association For Families With Lost Relatives hands out flyers with photos of Sarai Sierra, a New York City woman who disappeared while on vacation in Istanbul, urging anyone with information to call police, in Istanbul, Turkey, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. Sierra, a 33 year-old mother of two, has been missing since Jan. 21, when she was due to return home. Turkish police have set up a special unit to search for her and are trying to trace a man she had been in contact with during her stay.(AP Photo)

    AP

    The story of the American woman missing in Istanbul took a dark turn Saturday when Turkish authorities confirmed her dead. Sarai Sierra's body was discovered near an ancient city wall in a low-income area where she appeared to have been the victim of a stabbing. Nine people have already been arrested in connection with her death, according to a Turkish news agency. The 33-year-old Staten Island-native had been vacationing alone when she went missing. In security footage obtained by police, she's seen walking around a mall on January 20—one day before she was scheduled to fly home. She leaves behind a husband and two kids.

     

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