Homeless man arrested in death of tourist in Turkey

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  • Sarai Sierra disappeared in January while alone in Turkey
  • Homeless man reportedly confessed to killing her while high on paint thinner
Man named Z.T. arrested for murdering mom Sarai Sierra who was vacationing alone in Turkey.
Sarai Sierra, mom to two boys, disappeared while visiting Turkey alone for vacation.

Sarai Sierra, mom to two boys, disappeared while visiting Turkey alone for a photography vacation.

The man you see pictured above has been arrested for the alleged slaying of a New York City mom who was on vacation in Turkey in January.

The man, known as Z.T., is homeless and collects used paper for a living. Police say they caught him at the Turkey/Syria border crossing on Sunday.

An Internet news site in Turkey released a taped confession. In it, Z.T. says he doesn't remember the killing because he was high.

"I must have hit her on the head with a heavy object," he said, adding that he was under the influence of an "extreme amount" of paint thinner.

"When I came to, she was dead. I covered her up," he said.

Sarai Sierra disappeared Jan. 22 while visiting Turkey alone for a photography vacation. Her body was found Feb. 2 near an area of Istanbul that's frequented by tourists.

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