The family of Jacqueline Sutton, a former BBC correspondent who was found dead at a Turkish airport, does not suspect foul play in her death.
Sutton’s body was discovered in a bathroom stall at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport early Sunday morning. The 50-year-old journalist, who was the acting Iraq director for British NGO, the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), was flying from London to Erbil, Iraq. The Turkish media initially said that Sutton likely took her own life in frustration over not being able to afford another ticket after she missed her connecting flight.
“The family is satisfied with the investigation undertaken by the Turkish authorities. We were deeply skeptical about initial reports. But based on the evidence we have seen, at this stage we believe that Jacky acted alone,” her sister Jenny said in a statement released by the Sutton family and IWPR.
The family said they came to this conclusion after watching CCTV footage, looking at still images, reading witness statements and after Jenny’s examination of her sister’s body, according to the statement. They also said that Sutton had two credit cards and cash on her person at the time of her death.
The IWPR added in the statement that they will hire an independent investigator to further look into the circumstances of Sutton’s death once the Turkish investigation is over.