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Turkish police tracing person that missing NY woman met online

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In this image provided by the family, Sarai Sierra is shown in an undated family photo, in New York. Sierra has reportedly gone missing during a trip to Turkey. (AP/Family Photo)

A Turkish official says police are trying to trace a person whom a missing New York City woman allegedly corresponded with through social networking sites.

Sarai Sierra, a 33-year-old mother of two, has been missing since Jan. 21 when she was supposed to return home from a solo vacation in Istanbul. Police have set up a special unit to look for her.

A senior police official told The Associated Press Wednesday that Sierra had exchanged messages with a person before she disappeared and police were now trying to trace the man or woman he described as a possible suspect in her disappearance.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with government rules.

The official says Sierra "presumably met" the person after she arrived in Istanbul.