11 arrested over murder of US woman in Istanbul


Eleven people have been arrested over the murder of an American woman who disappeared while visiting Istanbul last month, police have said.

The body of Sarai Sierra, 33, a mother-of-two, was found on Saturday near Istanbul’s ancient city walls. Police said that she had suffered a fatal blow to the head.

She had also been stabbed several times in the abdomen, but there was no sign of rape or theft.

Sierra, from New York City, was last heard from on January 21, the day she was due to fly home from her holiday.

Her body might have been dumped in a blanket on Tuesday night on the main road near the walls, according to Hurriyet newspaper, citing a possible eye witness.

“I saw a man removing something from the back seat of a car,” the woman was quoted as telling the police. “Then I saw a hand there.”

Police had initially detained a Turkish man named Taylan K., who is believed to be the last person to see Sierra before she went missing, but released him after questioning, according to local reports.

The two had reportedly met online four months ago.