Body of mom killed in Turkey returning To NYC

Published On: Feb 07 2013 08:27:38 AM EST   Updated On: Feb 07 2013 11:54:13 AM EST
ISTANBUL -

Turkey's state-run agency says the body of a New York City woman killed while on a solo vacation in Turkey is being returned home.

The Anadolu Agency says a casket carrying the remains of Sarai Sierra was loaded onto a New York-bound plane on Thursday.

The agency said Turkish Airlines is transporting the body for free.

The 33-year-old mother of two was found dead 12 days after she went missing in Istanbul. Police said she was killed by a blow to the head and are still trying to find her attacker or attackers.

Her family said Sierra was on her first trip abroad pursuing a newfound hobby of photography.