Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Mystery deaths: Police say Saudi sisters entered water alive

2 bound bodies found in NYC were missing Virginia sisters Relatives of dead Saudi sisters reject suicide reports
Andrew Cummings | 01 November, 2018, 05:38

Police in NY are investigating the deaths of two sisters from Saudi Arabia who were found duct-taped together in the Hudson River last week.

In the latest update on the case of the two Saudi sisters found on the shores of the Hudson River on October 24th last week; the NYPD released two passport photos of Rotana Farea, 22, and Tala Farea, 16 requesting the public for any information on the two Saudis.

The sisters' mother also received a call from the Saudi Arabian embassy in Washington telling her about the asylum applications, according to the Times' report, which the NYPD declined to confirm.

Sketches were initially released of the Saudi Arabian sisters who were found bound by duct tape in the Hudson River near New York City's Upper West Side.

Investigators said this morning they hadn't determined how the sisters died.

Tala Farea was listed as missing by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children as of August 24, and "may be with her sister", the center said.

The statement said that the case was still under investigation and a forensic report stating the cause of the death hadn't been issued as yet.

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"We do not know that a crime took place", NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot F. Shea said Thursday. There were no obvious signs of trauma, police said.

"The detectives' work has filled in numerous pieces, but there's still some gaps that we would like to fill in and get a real clear picture of what happened in the last two months". However, a cousin of the two slain sisters told Arab News that it is ' highly unlikely that their mother would have made such a statement to the police'.

The Saudi consulate in NY said that the Consulate General is keeping close tabs on the investigation.

When the sisters were located, they asked the police for protection and were placed in a shelter, police told NYT.

Rotana was enrolled at George Mason University, but left in the spring. A George Mason spokesman called the news of her death "tragic", and said the university was cooperating with police.

Tala Farea had been missing from Fairfax since August 24, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

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