Published: Sat, November 03, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Mystery of sisters found tied together in Hudson River

Mystery of sisters found tied together in Hudson River

The Saudi sisters found dead and duct-taped together on the banks of the Hudson River arrived in NY two months ago from Philadelphia, their credit card records show. The sisters were shopping, ordering two meals a day and staying at a number of high-end hotels until money on Rotana's personal credit card ran out. The credit card was maxed out.

Video surveillance showed the sisters alone, apparently in good health several days before they were discovered, Shea said.

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

Officer Tara Gerhard, a spokeswoman for the department, said the sisters were "referred to services, but she could not specify what type of services, nor offer additional details, citing privacy laws".

Despite initial reports that the sisters were bound together, Shea said he would describe the tape as "not binding them together, but keeping them together".

The Saudi Arabian consulate in NY issued a statement confirming that the sisters were both Saudi Arabian citizens, and saying they were students, "accompanying their brother in Washington".

As indicated by the New York Times, reports suggest that the sisters were reported missing past year, and when they were found by the police, they were placed in a shelter after asking for protection.

Police are still appealing for anyone who had met the sisters since August to come forward with further information.

It was also noted that the girls were loosely taped together and did not appear to have jumped from a great height prior to entering the water. A George Mason spokesman called the news of her death "tragic", and said the university was cooperating with police.

Two Saudi sisters whose bodies washed ashore on the banks of the Hudson River in New York City were seeking asylum in the U.S. That December, they wound up in a "shelter-like facility due to some abuse allegations that came up", Shea said. The New York City police said on Friday the medical examiner has not yet made a determination on the cause or manner of death.

For privacy reasons, the Department of Homeland Security said on Thursday they could not reveal whether the sisters had applied for asylum. During the call, a Saudi embassy official instructed her family to leave the U.S., due to the fact that her daughters had applied for political asylum, she claimed.

The New York Police Department declined to confirm the Times' report.

Investigators are now questioning their friends and family to learn how they ended up in the Big Apple. "We're out to get justice for those two girls".

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