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Mys­te­ri­ous deaths: Two sis­ters from Saudi Ara­bia were found drowned in the Hud­son River last week with their bod­ies bound to­gether by duct tape, spark­ing world­wide spec­u­la­tion about their cause of death. Rotana Farea, 23, and Tala Farea, 16, had im­mi­grated to Fair­fax, Va., with fam­ily in 2015. They had re­cently spent time in a “shel­ter-like” fa­cil­ity where they went to es­cape do­mes­tic abuse. Sources told de­tec­tives that the sis­ters said they would rather “com­mit sui­cide than re­turn to Saudi Ara­bia.” Po­lice said the girls’ mother re­ceived a call from the Saudi Em­bassy no­ti­fy­ing her that her daugh­ters had sought asy­lum in the U.S. Saudi of­fi­cials deny re­ports that they sub­se­quently or­dered the fam­ily to leave the U.S. In­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve the sis­ters spent a month in New York City, max­ing out credit cards at ho­tels and restau­rants, and were last seen pray­ing in Man­hat­tan’s River­side Park.

Saudi sis­ters

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