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Surveillance Photos Released Of S.I. Murder Victim In Turkey

Sarai Sierra

A surveillance image of Sarai Sierra in Istanbul, shortly after she was murdered. (Credit: CBS 2)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — For the first time, photos have been released of murdered Staten Island photographer Sarai Sierra – from the very same day she disappeared in Turkey.

Police in Istanbul have released surveillance photos from several different cameras. They show Sierra, a mother of two, walking alone around a coastal section of the city.

Hours later, Sierra vanished. Her remains were found 11 days later along a highway.

Sierra was buried back home in Staten Island on Friday. Investigators said she had been <a href="http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/02/03/blow-to-the-head-blamed-for-staten-island-womans-death-in-turkey/"bludgeoned to death, and she was also stabbed.

The 33-year-old traveled to Turkey alone on Jan. 7 to explore her passion for photography. She also made a side trip to Amsterdam, Netherlands, and Munich, Germany. It was her first trip outside of the United States.

On Friday, Turkey’s state-run agency said police briefly detained the two brothers and a sister of a man wanted for questioning in Sierra’s death. The three were released after their DNA samples were taken and they were questioned about the possible suspect’s whereabouts, the Anadolu agency said.

Several people have been questioned, but so far, there have been no arrests in the case.

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