Sarai Sierra in Turkey

Traveling tip: don’t let female family members go alone to certain countries. Topping the list of countries that are a no-no include most of the middle-eastern ones. And Turkey too, like Sarai Sierra’s family learned. Hopefully, they get a happy result from their trip:

Sarai Sierra in Turkey
Sarai Sierra in Turkey

Relatives of a missing New York City woman who disappeared during a vacation to Turkey, her first trip outside the U.S., are heading to Istanbul to look for her, her brother said Sunday.

Sarai Sierra’s family was last in touch with her on Monday, the day she was supposed to start her journey home. The 33-year-old mother of two had been in Turkey on her own since Jan. 7.

Her brother David Jimenez told The Associated Press that he and Sierra’s husband, Steven, were planning to leave for Turkey on Sunday night. He said he had no return date planned.

“I don’t want to come home without my sister,” he said.

Sierra planned to head to the Galata Bridge, a well-known tourist destination that spans the Golden Horn waterway, to take some photographs, said her mother, Betzaida Jimenez. Her daughter then supposed to begin traveling home and was scheduled to arrive in New York City on Tuesday afternoon.

I hope she is found. In a vaguely similar story of an American abroad, Saeed Abedini was sentenced to eight years at Evin Prison. God bless them both. . .