Mystery of Saudi sisters found tied together in Hudson River

Leroy Wright
November 3, 2018

They had been in the United States for two to three years, according to Shea.

The two Saudi Arabian sisters whosebodies were found, taped together, along New York City's waterfront, had indicated that they "would rather do harm to themselves" than return to their home country, the police said on Friday, citing unnamed sources.

He added later: They have "no credible information that any crime took place in New York City".

U.S. officials said yesterday they believed that Rotana Farea, 22, and Tala Farea, 16, were alive when they entered the water, bound by duct tape and facing each other.

The sisters, originally from Saudi Arabia, were found clothed in fur trim coats and bound together with duct tape.

The freaky discovery turned the case into national news and left a lingering mystery: Had they been killed? The sisters didn't have a registered phone or any presence on social media.

"Is it possible? I can tell you that there were no, say, marks on the body, indicative of a fall from a height".

On Nov. 30, 2017, their family saw them for the last time.

According to investigators, the girls' mother, who still lives in Virginia, told police she got a call from the Saudi embassy the day before their bodies were discovered, saying the family had to leave the USA because her daughters applied for political asylum.

Shea provided some details into the Farea sisters' lives over the past year, as well as their arrival in this city, during a news briefing on Friday afternoon. The veracity of those reports could not be independently confirmed.

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Authorities said that they were able to determine through credit card records that, from September 1 until they were discovered on October 24, the sisters stayed in high-end hotels and shopped in New York City.

More than a week after their bodies were discovered, investigators have so far provided few answers as to how the sisters - last seen together August 24 in Fairfax, Virginia - ended up dead with their feet and waists tied together on a riverbank in New York's Upper West Side.

A Saudi official said on Thursday that was inaccurate, saying they had only communicated with the mother about her expired immigration status in the United States.

At the time, Shea said, 'It was raised that they were the subject of abuse'.

Did the sisters apply for asylum?

Rotana was enrolled at George Mason University, in Fairfax, but left in the spring.

At a press briefing held on Wednesday, police said the medical examiner was able to determine that the Farea sisters were alive before they entered the water.

Police said the sisters left their family home and were placed in a shelter after an earlier disappearance in December 2017.

In 2016, family members were evicted from an apartment in Falls Church, Virginia, for unpaid rent. "We have them shopping at various locations and again, ordering food at the hotels".

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