Two Saudi sisters were found dead, tied together at their waists and feet, near the edge of the Hudson River. Investigators say they were likely alive when they entered the water. Tala Farea, 16, and Rotana Farea, 22, lived in Virginia and were last heard from on Aug. 24th. They were reported missing on Sept.12th. Police said the mother told detectives she received a call from the Saudi Embassy ordering them home a day before the bodies were found because they had applied for political asylum.
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Two Saudi Arabian sisters who had been living in Virginia and were discovered dead and bound together near the edge of New York’s Hudson River were likely alive when they entered the water, investigators said.
The bodies of Tala Farea, 16, and Rotana Farea, 22, were found in the river along Manhattan by the New York Police Department on Oct. 24. They were bound in duct tape together at their waists and feet, facing one another, and both fully clothed.
Suicide remains “a leading theory,” a law enforcement official told NBC News. But a previous suspicion that the sisters jumped from the George Washington Bridge seems unlikely since their bodies lacked signs of trauma associated with a fall from that height.
The sisters were last heard from on Aug. 24 and reported missing on Sept. 12, according to a statement from the Fairfax County Police Department in Virginia.
Police said their mother told detectives she had received a call from an official at the Saudi Arabian Embassy the day before the bodies were discovered. The embassy was ordering the family to leave the U.S. because her daughters had applied for political asylum, the mother said. Tala and Rotana had moved to the U.S. from Saudi Arabia with their mother in 2015, according to The Associated Press.