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Police are now looking for four Turkish citizens who contacted the missing 33-year-old Sarai Sierra while she was in Istanbul, including a man named “Taylan” who arranged to meet Sierra by the Galata Tower.

Sierra’s husband, Steven Sierra, gave police forces her Facebook and Twitter correspondence with the four Turks in attempts to track her activities during her time in the city. Police found online chat transcriptions that took place between Sierra and a man called Taylan, showing the two arranging a meeting by Galata Tower on Jan. 20.

Whether or not Taylan was the man’s real name remains unknown.

Turkish police forces have formed a unit focused solely on finding the missing American.

Footage of Sierra walking around in Sultanahmet and Taksim surfaced yesterday and police forces have been tracking the stores Sierra visited. Sierra’s room in a Tarlabaşı house reportedly cost her 222 euros, and her expenses through her holidays in Turkey, the Netherlands and Germany totaled over $10,000.

The owner of the house in which Sierra was staying said he had not seen the woman since Jan. 20, Doğan news agency reported.

The woman’s family last made contact with her on Jan. 21, the day before she was supposed to begin her journey back to the United States.

Three days after renting a room in Istanbul on Jan. 12, Sierra traveled to Amsterdam and Munich, Anatolia news agency quoted sources as saying. She returned to Turkey on Jan. 19.

A friend of the woman, Magalena Rodriguez, is also trying to gather information about Sierra’s whereabouts via social media.

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January/30/2013

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mara mcglothin

1/31/2013 3:48:14 PM

NOT HERE Don't you watch the international news. Surely you cannot be serious and think that outside our borders is a safer place? Everywhere in the World has their nutjobs, unfortunately USA has not cornered the market on crazies.

mara mcglothin

1/31/2013 3:25:58 PM

CILGIN You are spot on! Most Turks think when their wife is raped, that it must be some how her fault as well! I don't call it cultural, I call it backward. End of story.

Not Here

1/31/2013 9:47:12 AM

Many Americans, female and male, think in a different way. Many of us are naive to the dangers of the world outside our borders. Yes, I know, we live with many wackos and difficult people but we don't really think they are in other places too. Couple that type of naive person with someone who is a con-artist or bad criminal and you get a very bad situation. We trust first until we are cheated then we don't trust. I pray she is safe and with her family soon.

Pam Palin

1/31/2013 5:52:08 AM

Sarai if you see this we just want you to know that you are missed and your husband is out there looking for you to bring you home. Stay strong and keep your head up do it for your boys they need you.

Çılgın Kanarya

1/30/2013 6:11:19 PM

Most Turks, for cultural reasons, will probably not be able to comprehend how and why a married woman could travel half way around the world alone for a holiday, leaving her husband and small children behind. I am not one of these people, but still, what on earth was she doing arranging to meet a guy (whether Turkish or foreign) who she doesn't even know outside of social media? She's a long way from home & doesn't know anyone here. A bit of commonsense seems to lacking, but I hope she's ok
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