Husband of NYC woman found dead: Haven't told kids

February 5, 2013 - 9:31 AM
Turkey US Missing Woman

A member of the Istanbul-based Association For Families With Lost Relatives hands out flyers with photos of Sarai Sierra, a New York City woman who disappeared while on vacation in Istanbul, urging anyone with information to call police, in Istanbul, Turkey, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. Sierra, a 33 year-old mother of two, has been missing since Jan. 21, when she was due to return home. Turkish police have set up a special unit to search for her and are trying to trace a man she had been in contact with during her stay.(AP Photo)

NEW YORK (AP) — The husband of a New York City woman found dead in Turkey says he hasn't had the strength to tell his children their mother is gone.

Steven Sierra spoke by telephone from Istanbul Monday on ABC-TV's "Good Morning America." He called Sarai Sierra an amazing and caring person and a loving mother to their 9- and 11-year-old sons.

She was on a solo vacation in Istanbul when she disappeared Jan. 21. Her body was found 12 days later near the remnants of the city's ancient walls. Police say she had suffered a fatal blow to the head.

Her husband traveled there last week to help in the search. He intends to accompany her body back to New York.