Turkey: Man Detained over Staten Island Woman's Death

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    Sarai Sierra

    An official says Turkish police have detained a man wanted in connection with the killing of a Staten Island woman in Istanbul.

      Sarai Sierra, the 33-year-old mother of two boys, was killed while on vacation by herself in Turkey. Her body was found on Feb. 12, days after she was reported missing.
     
    Gov. Celalettin Lekesiz said Sunday police caught the suspect -- identified only as Ziya T. -- in Hatay province, near Turkey's border with Syria.
     
    Turkish news reports have identified the man as a scrap paper collector who used to hang around Istanbul's ancient city walls, where Sierra's body was found. He had been on the run since February.
     
    Authorities said Sierra, who traveled to Turkey to explore her photography hobby, died of a fatal blow to the head.

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