Mys­tery deaths of Saudi sis­ters puz­zle of­fi­cials in in­ves­ti­ga­tion

Houston Chronicle Sunday - - NEWS RECAP -

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mys­te­ri­ous deaths of two sis­ters from Saudi Ara­bia whose bod­ies, bound to­gether with tape, washed up in New York City last week.

The sis­ters, Tala Farea, 16, and Rotana Farea, 22, were dis­cov­ered Oct. 24 on a bank of the Hud­son River, about 225 miles from Fair­fax, Va., where they lived and were re­ported miss­ing in Au­gust.

Po­lice be­gan to un­ravel the mys­tery of what hap­pened to the pair, say­ing at a news con­fer­ence Fri­day that they had no in­di­ca­tion the sis­ters had been killed, even as they await an of­fi­cial cause of death from the med­i­cal ex­am­iner.

An of­fi­cial said the sis­ters had al­leged that they were abused by fam­ily mem­bers and sought asy­lum in the U.S. He said sources in Vir­ginia told de­tec­tives that “they would rather in­flict harm on them­selves than re­turn to Saudi Ara­bia.” Their bod­ies had no ob­vi­ous signs of trauma, po­lice said.

New York Po­lice Depart­ment via New York Times

Saudi im­mi­grants Rotana Farea, 22, left, and Tala Farea, 16, were found last month with duct tape wrapped around their an­kles and tor­sos.

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