Turkish Man Suspected in Staten Island Mom's Death Nabbed in Syria: Police

Monday, Mar 18, 2013  |  Updated 7:51 AM EDT
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Missing SI Woman Found Dead in Turkey: Report

A Staten Island woman who went missing while vacationing alone in Istanbul was found dead on Saturday. Checkey Beckford reports.

Clues Sought in Turkey Death of Missing S.I. Mother

Turkey's state-run news agency says authorities have finished an autopsy on a Staten Island woman found dead in Istanbul and DNA evidence from it has been submitted to a crime lab. Her family on Staten Island say the most painful part of Sarai Sierra's death is having to explain it to her children. Brynn Gingras has the story.
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Istanbul's police chief says a man suspected of killing a Staten Island woman during a solo vacation in Istanbul was caught in Syria in a joint operation by Syrian rebels and Turkish officials.

Huseyin Capkin contradicted a statement by the interior minister who had said the suspect was detained at the border as he entered Turkey.

Istanbul Gov. Avni Mutlu says the suspect has confessed to killing Sarai Sierra, whose body was found in Istanbul on Feb. 2, days after she was reported missing. Authorities say she died of a blow to the head. 

A video reportedly recorded in Syria, and posted on Hurriyet newspaper's website, shows the purported suspect saying he was under the influence of paint thinner during the slaying.

Turkish news reports have described him as a homeless scrap paper collector.

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