A member of the Istanbul-based Association For Families With Lost Relatives hands out flyers with photos of Sarai Sierra, a New York City woman who disappeared while on vacation in Istanbul, urging anyone with information to call police, in Istanbul, Turkey, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. Sierra, a 33 year-old mother of two, has been missing since Jan. 21, when she was due to return home. Turkish police have set up a special unit to search for her and are trying to trace a man she had been in contact with during her stay.(AP Photo)
Friday, February 01, 2013 3:21 pm
Report: Man released in Turkey missing woman case
By SUZAN FRASERAssociated Press
Sarai Sierra, a 33-year-old mother of two, went missing while vacationing alone in Istanbul. She was last heard from on Jan. 21, the day she was due back home.
A police official in Istanbul said police had questioned a man who had been in contact with Sierra during her stay in in the city. The private Dogan news agency, quoting unnamed Turkish authorities, said the man was later released by a prosecutor. It has described the man as Turkish.
Sierra had arranged to meet her contact on a bridge she planned to photograph on the day she went missing, Turkish news reports said. Dogan said the meeting never took place.
Police officials in Istanbul weren't immediately available for comment.
Sierra left for Istanbul on Jan. 7 to explore her photography hobby and made a side trip to Amsterdam, Netherlands, and Munich, Germany. Her family last heard from her on Jan. 21, when she was supposed to start her journey home, but she never checked into her flight.
Sierra's husband, Steven, and brother, David Jimenez, traveled to Istanbul to help in the search. Sierra's children are 9 and 11.
Sierra had planned to go on the trip with a friend, but went alone when the friend couldn't make it.
Associated Press writer Ezgi Akin contributed.