World Bulletin / News Desk
The autopsy on the body of New Yorker Sarai Sierra, who was found dead Saturday in İstanbul , is complete but the report will not be finished for another three months.
Sierra, 33, disappeared two weeks ago while traveling solo in İstanbul. The last time she contacted her family was the morning of Jan. 21, the day before she was supposed to leave for New York. She never boarded her flight. The National Police Department found her body 11 days later in the neighborhood of Cankurtaran near Eminönü, the last place she was spotted on security camera footage.
With detectors and search dogs in tow, the special police task force assigned to the case on Monday morning continued to search the area behind the ancient city walls where Sierra was found for evidence.
The Council of Forensic Medicine (ATK) has finished the autopsy on her body and will release the report within three months, the Anatolia news agency reported on Monday. Generally, autopsy reports take at most two-and-a-half months to complete, but the ATK told Anatolia this was a “special situation” and, therefore, will take a bit more time.
Police officials confirmed on Sunday that Sierra was found fully clothed. While she was still wearing her jewelry, her iPad and Samsung Galaxy cellphone were missing. Some news outlets reported last week that Sierra could still be alive as someone reportedly had turned on her phone and activated her Skype account recently. Those claims are false, according to police.
Dozens of people have been questioned but no one has been arrested yet in connection with the case. The last person known to meet with Sierra was a man police refer to as T.K., or his Gmail username “Taylan.” The two met on Instagram, a popular photo-sharing website, and reportedly met in person twice in İstanbul. They had talked about meeting on Jan. 21, the day Sierra disappeared, but reportedly never did. Police have said T.K. is not a suspect.
Police continue to track Sierra's communication online with people living in the cities she visited.
Sierra's husband, Steven, and brother, David Jimenez, who came to İstanbul last week to join the search, met briefly on Monday with US consular officials and investigators at the İstanbul Police Department's Public Security Branch Office in Gayrettepe. Her body was expected to be delivered to the family by Monday afternoon, according to the news report.Last Mod: 04 Şubat 2013, 17:53