ANKARA, Turkey (February 3, 2013)--Police in Turkey were reportedly questioning 11 people Sunday in connection with the death of a New York City woman who disappeared while vacationing alone in Istanbul.
Turkey's state-run news agency said Sarai Sierra’s body was discovered Saturday evening near the remnants of ancient city walls.
The agency says she was found with a head wound and a blanket near her body.
She was wearing jeans, a jumper and a jacket, and still had her earrings and a bracelet.
Sierra, a mother of two children ages 9 and 11, left for Istanbul on Jan. 7 to explore her photography hobby and made a side trip to Amsterdam, Netherlands, and Munich, Germany.
She originally planned to travel with a friend, but ended up traveling alone when her friend canceled.
She was in regular contact with friends and relatives, and was last in touch with her family on Jan. 21, the day she was due back in New York.
She told them she would visit Galata Bridge, which spans Istanbul's Golden Horn waterway, to take photos.
The body was found not far from the bridge.