Steven Sierra, husband of New York mother bludgeoned to death during a solo trip to Istanbul, alerted her alleged lover Taylan K that she was missing on the day she failed to return home it’s been revealed.
Sarai Sierra’s husband frantically messaged the Turkish man since accused of having sex with her in a desperate plea for his help in finding her after she failed to return to New York, the New York Daily News reports.
Taylan K told police that Steven Sierra logged onto one of his wife’s online accounts on January 22, the day she went missing, and discovered the pair’s recent communication.
Taylan K “said that he hadn’t seen Sarai and the last time they met was on Sunday”, his lawyer, Ozkan Polat, told the Daily News of that conversation.
“And then he sent the husband copies of the earlier chats.”
Steven Sierra asked Taylan K to contact local authorities in a bid to help find the 33-year-old mother of his two children allegedly unknowing that the man had had sex with her in a bar’s bathroom only the night before according to several local reports.
This latest twist comes amid new claims that the mother told the landlord of her rented apartment that she was unmarried in the days before her death.
Turkish authorities are now busy piecing together who Sarai Sierra met before her murder while suspecting she was possibly killed by a professional, the local Hurriyet newspaper reports.
Taylan K’s attorney claims that the man had “no emotional relationship” with the woman though they had met twice before her death while planning to meet a third time the day she went missing.
Yigit Yetmez, owner of the flat in the down-and-out neighborhood of Tarlabasi, told Hurriyet that Sarai Sierra had told him she was “bekâr” meaning “single” or “a bachelorette”.
Taylan K has denied claims of having had sex with the slain woman, insisting they were just friends who met up for a cup of tea twice.
Sarai Sierra was said to have met Taylan K on Instagram a few months ago before her trip to Turkey and then met up with him several times while she was there.
Various Turkish media reports claimed they had sex in a bar restroom the night before she was murdered but that was the last time he had seen her.
Police said Taylan K was not a suspect.
His lawyer, Ozkan Polat, said that his client denies the claims, calling them “wholly untrue”.