Published: Wed, October 31, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Va. sisters were found dead in NYC, duct-taped together

Va. sisters were found dead in NYC, duct-taped together

The Saudi Arabian sisters whose bodies were found duct-taped together along the Hudson River in Riverside Park had applied for asylum in the USA, which their mother claims she learned a day before they were found dead, police sources said.

An alert from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children said that Tala was missing after having been seen last on August 24. Their mother identified them from the sketches.

The Farea family lived in Fairfax, Virginia, after they moved there from Saudi Arabia.

The same relatives reportedly rejected the idea that the sisters shared a freaky suicide pact, though that remains cops' working theory, police sources said.

A passerby called 911 at 2.40pm on Wednesday after spotting the two bodies, which were found laying on rocks by the river when police arrived at the scene.

Consulate sources said autopsy results determining the cause of the death are yet to come out and the investigation is underway.

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. But the missing child report was withdrawn after it was claimed she was living with her elder sister in New York City.

NY and Arab media said the sisters, who had run away from home before, were of Saudi origin but their family was living in Fairfax, Virginia.

Their mother did lose contact with them about a week before the bodies were found. As a result, she traveled to NY without her mother's knowledge.

The sisters were found fully dressed in Riverside Park near 68th Street. Neither body had signs of trauma.

The bodies are believed to have washed ashore with the tide and stayed when the tide went out.

According to Akhbaar 24, the eldest of the two victims, Rotana, had been living in NY. Both were clothed and had black jackets with fur trim, police said.

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