Mother of 2 Who Went Missing in Turkey Is Reportedly Found Dead

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Terrible news about the missing mom of two, 33-year-old Sarai Sierra, who never returned from her vacation in Turkey, where she went to take photos. Her body was found in Istanbul, according to reports. She was stabbed to death. And her two boys don't even know she's missing yet. Now they may not know she's never returning.

Last month, Sarai left her home in Staten Island for the trip, which she was originally supposed to take with a friend, but the pal backed out at the last minute, so Sarai went alone. She was hoping to meet up with some people she'd met through Instagram in order to take photos of the country's graffiti and old relics.

She was found by locals near some ancient walls. Police detained a man she'd been corresponding with online but then released him. Her husband has said that he always knew she was corresponding with people online about meeting up and that Sarai had been in touch every day up until her disappearance. Her last text message was to her sister.

I don't know what I'd do myself if a friend backed out on me at the last minute of a long-planned trip. I've traveled to a lot of countries by myself -- but not in a long time, and partly that is because of fear. As a woman in a foreign country, it can be an unnerving experience. Yet I know many women who do it all of the time, and who love it, and who have had nothing bad happen to them.

My heart goes out to Sarai's family, especially to her husband and two young children. They're only 9 and 11 and now they have to grow up without a mother.

Do you travel to foreign countries alone?

 

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bella... bellacazzate

I've traveled alone to 30-something countries across Asia and Europe. I've been doing it since I was 21 and am now on the cusp of 28. I've had a few odd things happen to me, but I always make sure to blend in with the crowd, be aware of who I'm speaking with and their intentions, avoid flashy accoutrements, and keep my wits about me. Unfortunately, bad things happen everywhere and I really don't think it's a good idea to perpetuate the unfortunate belief that the world outside of the United States is a scary place--because it isn't.  


I'm sorry that this happened to this woman, but it could have been anywhere. 

jalaz77 jalaz77

This is sad but she made some poor choices. If you are unfamiliar with cultures and languages from another country then yes it's not a good idea to travel alone. She was talking to people online she really didn't know, it sounds as if they or he is not a suspect. Still very sad and I had a feeling it would end like this.

bills... billsfan1104

I feel sorry for the kids, because they are being lied too. I try not to judge, but not telling them is wrong on so many levels. They don't have to tell them the details, but the truth helps.

nonmember avatar Carmen

I'm sure those kids will find out that their mom is dead. The grandparents now have to find the right way and right time to tell these kids that their mom is never coming home. So no one that's not in that situation can judge how the grandparents make their decision on how they will tell the kids.

jalaz77 jalaz77

Actually it won't be up to the grandparents. She has a husband who will be the person to tell them. And who knows what he has already said to them.

TheTr... TheTruthTeller

I imagine they didn't tell them she was missing to avoid freaking them out. I'm sure they are aware that she is now dead.

tuffy... tuffymama

Ditto bills. Those poor kids.

CPN322 CPN322

I would never. I'm far too paranoid and wouldn't be able to enjoy myself. I am super excited to be traveling to Europe with my man in May to celebrate our 5 year anniversary, but I'm even nervous about that! In theory, it would be awesome if I could go anywhere I wanted by myself because I do really enjoy my alone time, but that is just not possible in this world we live in.

CPN322 CPN322

Carmen - their father is very much still alive so I'd hope he would be the one handling this and no, you are right, we shouldn't judge. But I still feel bad for them.

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