Nightly News   |  February 02, 2013

New York mom found dead in Turkey

Sarai Sierra, a 33-year-old mother of two from Staten Island was found dead, apparently murdered, in Istanbul on Saturday, according to local news reports. NBC’s Lester Holt has more.

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>>> in turkey, an american woman who was last heard from 12 days ago was found dead today. 33-year-old new yorker serai sierra was on a solo vacation pursuing her photography hobby when she disappeared in istanbul on the day she was to fly home. turkey's news agency says nine people have been detained for questioning in connection with the case. a turkish media report said she had been stabbed to death. she was the mother of two young children. tonight the state department says out of respect for the family there will be no comment at this time.