Istanbul authorities investigate death of NYC mother

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Officials in Turkey received a court order on Monday to begin an in depth investigation of the death of a New York City mother, news sources report.

The woman, Sarai Sierra, was on vacation alone in Istanbul when she went missing on Jan. 21. Police found her body on Saturday in Istanbul's Sarayburnu district, CNN reports.

According to CNN, Huseyin Capkin, the police chief of Istanbul, said that the cause of Sierra's death was a head trauma. However, police told CNN's Turkish affiliate that the body presented stab wounds.

The Star Tribune reports that authorities are now testing blood and DNA samples of 21 suspects. These samples will be compared with samples taken from Sierra's fingernails, hair, and a blanket found by the body.

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