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Sisters found dead on banks of the Hudson River were Saudi nationals

Two sisters whose bodies were found bound-together by duct tape and washed up on shore along the Hudson River in New York City were from Saudi Arabia and lost touch with their family a week ago.

Rotana Farea, 22, and sister Tala, 16, went missing from their home in Fairfax, Viginia, before they were found dead more than 240 mils away in what the NYPD believe could be a suicide pact.

They were bound together at the feet and waist, facing each other and both were fully clothed. 

Cops said they jumped off the George Washington Bridge before their bodies washed up 100 blocks down river.  

But their Saudi family insisted to the Arab News that the pair did not commit suicide, and are waiting to find out the cause of death from the medical examiner. 

Both women lived in Jeddah before their mother moved to the United States and settled in Virginia.  

This undated sketch provided by the New York Police Department on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018 shows Tala Farea, 16, of Fairfax, Va.

22-year-old Rotana Farea (left) and her 16-year-old sister, Tala Farea (right), were both originally from Saudi Arabia before they came to live in Virginia along with their mother

The bodies of the two women that were bound together by duct tape washed up from New York's Hudson River on Wednesday. Police are seen here removing one of the bodies 

The bodies of the two women that were bound together by duct tape washed up from New York’s Hudson River on Wednesday. Police are seen here removing one of the bodies 

Members of the family on Sunday denied claims that the two sisters had been missing for two months.

Her mother had in fact reported her younger daughter Tala as missing two months ago according to Arab News. 

But she called off the search when Tala said she was in New York visiting her sister.  

It was while Tala was visiting her elder sister that both young women lost contact with their mother a week ago and they were then reported missing.

Authorities received a 911 call around 3pm from a passerby who spotted the two bodies floating in the water off the city's Upper West Side neighborhood

Authorities received a 911 call around 3pm from a passerby who spotted the two bodies floating in the water off the city’s Upper West Side neighborhood

Authorities can be seen carrying two stretchers as they cleared the bodies from the scene 

Authorities can be seen carrying two stretchers as they cleared the bodies from the scene 

They had seemingly both jumped off the George Washington Bridge and neither body showed signs of trauma, but the cause of death remains unknown.  

The bodies were kept together with duct tape at the waist so the pair faced each other.

Police said both were fully clothed in black jackets with fur trim and black leggings when their lifeless corpses were spotted near Riverside Park on the Upper West Side of the city.

Although authorities arrived around 2.40pm to the scene near West 68th Street and Riverside Boulevard, it wasn’t until 5pm that medical examiners removed the young women from the riverbank.

Police believe the women may have jumped from George Washington Bridge (pictured) before their bodies floated six miles down the river, where they were spotted at Riverside Park

Police believe the women may have jumped from George Washington Bridge (pictured) before their bodies floated six miles down the river, where they were spotted at Riverside Park

The bodies were laying on rocks near the river when authorities arrived on the scene

The bodies were laying on rocks near the river when authorities arrived on the scene

EMS pronounced them dead at the scene after they are believed to have floated six miles down the cold water.

Tala was last seen August 24, according to a posting on the website of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. 

The petite brown-eyed teenager was only 5ft and 130lbs.  

The alert said she might be with her sister.

 Police said both women were fully clothed and neither body showed any signs of trauma

 Police said both women were fully clothed and neither body showed any signs of trauma

The bodies were laying on rocks near the river when authorities arrived on the scene 

The bodies were laying on rocks near the river when authorities arrived on the scene 

Police left the bodies in position before the medical examiner's office could come and do a full investigation and they were pronounced dead at the scene

Police left the bodies in position before the medical examiner’s office could come and do a full investigation and they were pronounced dead at the scene

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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