Staten Island woman missing a week in Turkey
The brother and husband of a missing Staten Island woman flew to Turkey Sunday to join officials in the hunt for their loved one.
Sarai Sierra was scheduled to return from Istanbul to New York Jan. 22, but the 33-year-old mother of two never boarded the plane.
Sierra's husband, Steven Sierra and her brother David Jimenez left for Turkey late yesterday in hopes to bring Sierra home, a family friend said.
"More than anything, Steve just wants to bring his wife home," said Magalena Rodriguez, Sierra's friend of more than 25 years, told amNewYork.
Sierra last sent her sister an instant message Jan. 21 that read "I'll be home tomorrow. Yay!" according to The Staten Island Advance.
Sierra's father waited for three hours at the airport, but there was no sign of his daughter. Then, Sierra's husband called the hostel she was staying at. The manager checked her room and found her passport, equipment chargers, and other items were still in the room, The Staten Island Advanced reported.
"We all freaked out when she didn't get off the plane. We couldn't understand what happened. She wanted to come home," Rodriguez said. "She's a responsible woman. She wanted to come home and see her boys and her husband."
Sierra's children, 11 and 9 years old, do not know their mother is missing.
Rodriguez said Sierra took her kids to school daily, then often would go for walks alone and photograph the city.
Sierra is about 5foot-2" and 110 pounds, with long brown hair and hazel eyes.
Rodriguez and friend Derek Fahsbender have used Facebook and other social media outlets to spread the word of Sierra's disappearance.
Tuesday is Rodriguez's 34th birthday, and she said of her friend, "If we find her tomorrow it will be the greatest birthday gift. She'll never have to get me anything ever again."