Saudi sisters' bound bodies wash ashore in mystery

Saudi sisters' bound bodies wash ashore in mystery

Saudi sisters' bound bodies wash ashore in mystery

Their mother reported the younger sister missing two months ago, but the search was called off when Tala was discovered visiting her older sister.

The NYPD says there's no known nexus between the sisters' death and the Saudi government.

A New York City Police Department spokesperson said an investigation into the deaths is ongoing and that the city medical examiner will determine their cause of deaths, according to WTOP in Washington D.C. "Meet them? See them?"

The Saudi consulate in NY has said they are following the investigation.

Tala had been reported missing to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children on August 24, the New York Daily News said.

The girls were bound together with duct tape, arranged so they faced each other, and were found fully clothed in matching outfits.

"We are looking at all clues in their past life", Shea said on Tuesday.

A day before their bodies were discovered, their mother told detectives she had received a call from an official at the Saudi Arabian embassy, ordering the family to leave the USA because her daughters had applied for political asylum, NY police said.

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DailyMail.com has learned Rotana, from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, was an undergraduate at George Mason University from January 2016 until May of this year.

They said there was no reason to think the sister was abducted or in danger, which is why no images were released to the public.

Sketches were initially released of the Saudi Arabian sisters who were found bound by duct tape in the Hudson River near New York City's Upper West Side. The lack of obvious trauma appeared to rule out a theory they jumped into the river from the George Washington Bridge.

In a follow-up statement, the Saudi Arabian consulate described the pair as "students accompanying their brother in Washington".

Anyone with information about what happened is urged to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

Embassy officials said they were "following closely and constantly for details on the case" and had appointed a lawyer to help in this.

The Week's Ryan Cooper likened the Farea sisters' death to the 1976 car-bombing and assassination of Chilean dissident Orlando Letelier-an assassination which was carried out with the full knowledge and tacit acceptance of top USA policymakers, including then-Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, according to the Washington Post.

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