2 bound bodies found in NYC were missing Virginia sisters

2 bound bodies found in NYC were missing Virginia sisters

Last week, their bodies were discovered on the shore of a New York City waterfront-bound in tandem with tape and facing one other.

Investigators are still mystified by how and why Rotana, 22, and Tala, 16, made their way to NY from their adopted Virginia home, as well as whether their demise was a weird suicide pact or something more sinister.

Tala Farea and Rotana Farea are seen in these undated photos released by the New York Police Department.

How the Farea sisters came to die and make the 225-mile trip from their home in Fairfax, Virginia to the bank of the Hudson River is still a mystery to police. They were found with "no obvious signs of trauma", and were pronounced dead at the scene, according to New York City Police.

Investigators say it is too early to determine if any crime occurred or if their deaths were caused by suicide.

New York City police sent a detective to Virginia to learn more about the sisters.

"We've made significant progress in piecing together pieces of this puzzle to find out what happened", Shea said.

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The Hudson River separates NY from New Jersey, and police were scouring the river banks to see if they can establish where the sisters entered the water. Such questions were re-directed to the Saudi Embassy.

The Saudi consulate released a statement on Tuesday saying that the sisters were students accompanying their brother in Washington.

Saudi Arabia has recently come under fire for the murder of US permanent resident Jamal Khashoggi.

Meanwhile, both the NYPD and an official at the Saudi Embassy in Washington DC refuted an Associated Press (AP) claim the mother of the two sisters had said that she received a call from the Saudi Embassy requesting the family to leave the USA because the daughters had requested asylum.

I've heard a lot of stories (nothing super documented) of [Gulf Cooperation Council] countries basically renditioning kids this age when they applied to asylum.

WTOP has been unable to reach family members regarding the sisters' deaths.

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". Their mother filed a missing persons report for Tala in December 2017.

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