Missing Mom of 2 Found Dead in Turkey May Have Had Sinister Motives

istanbulWhat was the New York City mom of two doing in Istanbul, Turkey? The case surrounding Sarai Sierra is getting more and more interesting as more and more details emerge. She went missing on January 22, was found dead on February 2, and now investigators believe she was hanging around a "criminal element" in Istanbul and had a consensual affair with a man in Turkey whom she had previously met online.

Cops say that her husband, a bus driver, and her brother have been cooperative with the case, but noted there's a difference between that and "helpful." Her family still insists she travelled abroad alone, despite being very low on funds, to indulge her love of photography, but no one's so sure that's actually the whole story anymore.

It's also been uncovered that Sierra took short trips to Munich and Amsterdam before ending up back in Istanbul on January 19.

The FBI is on site investigating her murder and her possible criminal involvement with drug trafficking because when a mother with little disposable income leaves her husband and her young children behind to take an expensive trip to an exotic location to shoot some graffiti, then winds up murdered by a blow to the head, some eyebrows are going to be raised.

And that friend who bailed on Sierra at the "last minute"? Maggie Rodriguez spoke to the Post and said Sierra was aware during the early stages of planning the trip that she wouldn't be able to join her.

The stories are starting to unravel and things aren't quite as they seem. Hopefully, for the sake of Sierra's children, the truth will be uncovered.

What do you think of this story?


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bella... bellacazzate

This will potentially come off as insensitive, but what photographer (amateur or professional) tries to make art of other people's art. The suspicion should have arisen there: no money, but going off to Turkey to take pictures of graffiti? What even is that?

TheTr... TheTruthTeller

Considering the source (NY Post), I will reserve judgement.

headi... headingsouth13

i though something was funny for the start

4evaD... 4evaDaddysGirl

Finally....I said from when I 1st heard this story that something was fishy!! Who leaves there kids & husband 2 travel 2 another country just to take pics! STOP IT....I feel bad 4 her family who has to deal wit the aftermath of this horrible situation

baham... bahamamama61

OMG! How Bizarre, and Sad......

tuffy... tuffymama

I've thought something was off, but as a pp said, consider the source of the information. It will be interesting to see how it plays out. Just pray for those babies who've lost their mom. They weren't involved in any of it.

Katy Khan

Yea clealy something was not right. Drug trafficking seems likely given her frequent short trips while in Turkey.  I feel so bad for the husband, finding out his beloved murdered wife was having an affair...no closure, no way to vent his hurt and anger at her, it's all so sad.

nonmember avatar kevobx

Sticks and stones may break dry bones, but the word of God will never forsake you.

nonmember avatar Tal

It may not seem relevant to some people, but murder, mass murder, and rape against women in Turkey are not exactly unusual. Many millions of indigenous Christians in what is known today as "Turkey" were slaughtered by Turks in an act of genocide early in the 20th century. Its remaining Christians are repressed and mistreated.

There is nothing good for a foreign woman, especially a Christian (which this American woman seems to have been), in Turkey.

Mummy... MummyKitM

Tal, have you ever studied *any* history? Go read about the Crusades. *ANY* of the Crusades...

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