Saudi Arabian sisters found duct-taped together in NY's Hudson River

by Garry Watts November 1, 2018, 1:58
Saudi Arabian sisters found duct-taped together in NY's Hudson River

Tala Farea, 16, and Rotana Farea, 22, had been living in Fairfax, Virginia with their mother, but Rotana had moved to live in NY.

The pair were facing each other, fully clothed in the water, and bound together with duct tape.

A NY police spokesman said Sunday that police were awaiting the results of autopsies on the sisters before determining whether the case was a homicide. Did you know them?

NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said Wednesday that investigators had been in touch with the victim's family, and felt they were finally close to shedding some light on the mysterious case.

The Naitonal Center for Missing and Exploited Children reported the 16-year-old missing August 24 and noted she may have been with her sister.

"We've made significant progress in piecing together the pieces of this puzzle to find out what happened", said Shea at an unrelated press briefing.

Fairfax police confirmed to DailyMail.com that at least one Farea sister was reported missing by family. They were found with "no obvious signs of trauma", and were pronounced dead at the scene, according to New York City Police.

Tala and Rotana moved to the USA from Saudi Arabia with their mother in 2015, settling in Fairfax, a suburb of Washington D.C., police said. Rotana Farea had been enrolled at George Mason University until the spring.

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Rather than live on campus like many of her classmates, Rotana traveled back to her home in Falls Church, Virginia where she lived with her mother, brother and Tala.

They said there was no reason to think the sister was abducted or in danger, which is why no images were released to the public.

Police have disclosed that the sisters, who lived in Fairfax, Virginia, were from Saudi Arabia and had recently requested asylum in the United States, the New York Times reports.

In a statement released today, the Saudi Arabian Consulate General in NY said the Farea sisters were "citizens accompanying their brother in Washington" and it had "appointed an attorney to follow the case closely". The lack of obvious trauma appeared to rule out a theory they jumped into the river from the George Washington Bridge.

The bodies were discovered on rocks near the Hudson River.

The Saudi embassy in Washington declined to comment on the reports.

Anyone with information about the Farea sisters is urged to call the New York City Police Department's Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.

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