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Turkish police release video in hunt for missing NYC woman

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A Turkish security official leaves a hostel with belongings of Sarai Sierra, 33, a New York City woman who has been missing since Jan. 21, when she was supposed to return from Istanbul.

Turkish police have released security camera footage of a New York City woman who went to Istanbul on a photography vacation and never returned home.


The Hurriyet newspaper reported the video of Sarai Sierra, 33, was taken Jan. 20, the day before the married mother of two missed her flight home to Staten Island.

It shows her walking along in a shopping mall food court and strolling in a shopping district while wearing headphones, The Associated Press reported.


Sierra, an amateur photographer, traveled to Istanbul on Jan. 7, and made side trips to Amsterdam and Munich. Her family said she was in regular contact with before she disappeared.

"You just want it to end," her husband, Steven, told NBCNewYork before he flew to Turkey earlier this week. "You just want it to be over with already so you can go on with your life and smile again and laugh and enjoy your kids."

He said his wife was originally supposed to travel with a friend, but when the pal dropped out of the trip, she went alone.

"When you've been married for as long as we've been ... you want to support your spouse," he said.

He said when his wife didn't come home, he called the airline and was told she never got on the plane.

He and his wife's brother arrived in Istanbul on Monday. On Tuesday, they were interviewed by police, the state-run Anadolu Agency said.