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Body of NYC woman, found dead in Istanbul, being returned home

  • People carry a casket carrying the remains of New York City woman Sarai Sierra, 33, found dead while on a solo vacation in Istanbul, before loading into a plane bound for New York at the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey, late Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. Her body is being returned home Thursday.(AP Photo/IHA) TURKEY OUT - INTERNET OUT

    People carry a casket carrying the remains of New York City woman Sarai Sierra, 33, found dead while on a solo vacation in Istanbul, before loading into a plane bound for New York at the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey, late Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. Her body is being returned home Thursday.(AP Photo/IHA) TURKEY OUT - INTERNET OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • Turkish airport ground service workers load a casket carrying the remains of New York City woman Sarai Sierra, 33, found dead while on a solo vacation in Istanbul, into a plane bound for New York at the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013.(AP Photo/IHA) TURKEY OUT - INTERNET OUT

    Turkish airport ground service workers load a casket carrying the remains of New York City woman Sarai Sierra, 33, found dead while on a solo vacation in Istanbul, into a plane bound for New York at the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013.(AP Photo/IHA) TURKEY OUT - INTERNET OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • The cover of a casket carrying the remains of New York City woman Sarai Sierra, 33, found dead while on a solo vacation in Istanbul, before being loaded into a plane bound for New York at the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey, late Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. Her body is being returned home Thursday.(AP Photo/IHA) TURKEY OUT - INTERNET OUT

    The cover of a casket carrying the remains of New York City woman Sarai Sierra, 33, found dead while on a solo vacation in Istanbul, before being loaded into a plane bound for New York at the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey, late Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. Her body is being returned home Thursday.(AP Photo/IHA) TURKEY OUT - INTERNET OUT  (The Associated Press)

Turkey's state-run agency says the body of a New York City woman killed while on a solo vacation in Turkey is being returned home.

The Anadolu Agency says a casket carrying the remains of Sarai Sierra was loaded onto a New York-bound plane on Thursday.

The agency said Turkish Airlines is transporting the body for free.

The 33-year-old mother of two was found dead 12 days after she went missing in Istanbul. Police said she was killed by a blow to the head and are still trying to find her attacker or attackers.

Her family said Sierra was on her first trip abroad pursuing a newfound hobby of photography.