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

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

The police are now looking for four Turkish citizens who contacted the missing 33-year-old Sarai Sierra while she was in Istanbul, daily Hürriyet reported.

Sierra’s husband, Steven Sierra, gave police forces her Facebook and Twitter correspondence with the four Turks, whose identities have not been revealed.

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 dollars.

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 on social media.


January/30/2013

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lara ulusoy

1/31/2013 3:54:08 AM

Non of this makes any sense to me. The strongest impression I'm getting is that she was there like a 'robot' as if it had nothing to do with photography at all... Amsterdam? and then Munich?? and then back and suddenly not found anymore! It does sound bizzar. I really hope she is safe and will be found.

Tamer Abdelaal

1/30/2013 5:49:53 PM

Agree with JRC... to add, why would someone who is able to spend $10K in a span of about 10 days not stay in one of the hundreds of cheap hotels/ furnished apts in Taksim, to rent a room in some apt. which essentially looks like a dump from what I have seen on TV? What did she do in Munich, Amsterdam? This is bizarre anyway you look at it.

lara ulusoy

1/30/2013 12:42:37 PM

With all due respect to people's freedom of hobbying but I truly think that her top priority should have been her two young children, or at least she should have travelled with a group of people who share the same hobbies. I'm also surprised how she was allowed to travel solo knowing that she usually 'faints' without any prior warning! Anyway, her family must be suffering a lot now. I truly hope she will be found safe and sound...

JRC JRC

1/30/2013 11:56:00 AM

Something does not add up here.
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