Turkish Police Make Arrest in Death of NYC Woman

Sarai Sierra was murdered while on vacation by herself in Turkey

Sunday, Mar 17, 2013  |  Updated 12:33 PM EDT
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Missing SI Woman Found Dead in Turkey: Report

A Staten Island woman who went missing while vacationing alone in Istanbul was found dead on Saturday. Checkey Beckford reports.

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Turkey's state-run news agency says authorities have finished an autopsy on a Staten Island woman found dead in Istanbul and DNA evidence from it has been submitted to a crime lab. Her family on Staten Island say the most painful part of Sarai Sierra's death is having to explain it to her children. Brynn Gingras has the story.
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An official says Turkish police have detained a man wanted in connection with the killing of a New York City woman in Istanbul.

  Sarai Sierra, the 33-year-old mother of two boys from Statne Island, NY, was murdered while on vacation by herself in Turkey. Her body was found on Feb. 12, days after she was reported missing.
 
Gov. Celalettin Lekesiz said Sunday police caught the suspect -- identified by the initials Z.T. and nicknamed Laz Ziya by Turkish media -- in Hatay province, near Turkey's border with Syria.
 
Turkish news reports have identified the man as a scrap paper collector who used to hang around Istanbul's ancient city walls, were Sierra's body was found. He had been on the run since February.
 
Authorities said Sierra, who traveled to Turkey to explore her photography hobby, died of a fatal blow to the head.

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