DAILY NEWS photo, Emrah GÜREL
Body likely belonging to missing US woman Sarai Sierra found in Istanbul.(HD).(CBS).The body of a missing American woman in her thirties was discovered near the city walls in the Sarayburnu district of Istanbul earlier today as security forces detained at least 10 people as part of an investigation into the disappearance of Sarai Sierra, who has been missing since Jan. 21.
Senior police sources said Sierra might have been stabbed to death in her abdomen and sent her body to the forensics department for an autopsy. The victim's clothing, an extra pair of shoes she was carrying with her, bottles of alcohol and a broken piece of glass found at the crime scene were all sent to the Istanbul police department for further examination.
Private broadcaster NTV reported that police also found Sierra’s drivers license next to the body, but the Hürriyet Daily News couldn’t confirm the report with police.
Sierra's family last made contact with her on Jan. 21, the day before she was supposed to fly back to the United States. The 33-year-old mother of two had been on vacation alone in Turkey since Jan. 7.
CBS News reporter Laura Wells in Istanbul reports that the police said the nine people who were detained were at the scene when the body was found with Sierra's driver's license near the Four Seasons Hotel.
Authorities believe that the woman whose body was found was probably stabbed elsewhere and was then left at the city walls, Wells reports.
The location where the body was found is a few kilometers away from the bridge. It is near a major road that runs alongside the Sea of Marmara and offers an iconic view to visitors of dozens of tankers and other vessels waiting to access the Bosporus strait. Police stopped traffic on the road as forensic police inspected the area.
Anadolu suggested Sierra may have been killed at another location and that her body may have been brought to the site to be hidden amid the city walls.
A police official on the site told journalists two of those detained were women. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters on the case.
Foto's of the crime scene can be seen here, video here, Read the full story here.
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