ANKARA, Turkey (CBSNewYork/AP) — A U.S. congressman said Monday the FBI is playing a significant role in the investigation into the death of a Staten Island woman in Istanbul.
The investigation comes as the victim’s family members spoke to members of the media.
Sarai Sierra, a 33-year-old mother of two, went missing Jan. 21 while on a solo vacation in Istanbul. Her body was found 12 days later, near the remnants of some ancient city walls. Police said she had suffered a fatal blow to the head.
Congressman Michael Grimm, a former FBI agent, said U.S. investigators were invited by Turkish authorities to assist as they try to find out what happened to Sierra.