Mystery deaths of Saudi sisters puzzle officials in investigation
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.
Saudi immigrants Rotana Farea, 22, left, and Tala Farea, 16, were found last month with duct tape wrapped around their ankles and torsos.