The deaths of two Saudi sisters who recently sought asylum in the USA and whose bodies were discovered fully clothed and duct-taped together at the feet and waist last Wednesday on the banks of the Hudson River are under investigation. Rotana Farea had been enrolled at George Mason University until the spring.
The Saudi Arabia Cultural Mission has gifted the college $63 million and has paid for the education of 270 of its 370 Saudi students.
Now, more details about Rotana Farea, 22, and Tala Farea, 16, of Fairfax, Virginia, are emerging, even as much of the case remains a mystery.
New York Police Department sources had said it may be a suicide.
Problems arose for Rotana when she learned her whole family would have to return to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
The Saudi embassy in Washington declined to comment on the reports.
An alert from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children said that Tala was missing after having been seen last on August 24.
According to Akhbaar 24, the eldest of the two victims, Rotana, had been living in NY. She also told authorities the pair were applying for asylum in the U.S. to avoid returning to Jeddah.
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Consulate sources said autopsy results determining the cause of the death are yet to come out and the investigation is underway.
The Royal Consulate General of Saudi Arabia in NY confirmed in a statement Tuesday that the Farea sisters were students accompanying their brother in Washington, D.C.
The bodies of 22-year-old Rotana Farea and 16-year-old Tala Farea were discovered bound together washed up on the shores of the Hudson River in NY.
Several rumors surfaced with regards to the girls' mysterious deaths, including claims that they'd been missing for two months.
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. They were both fully clothed when they were found about 225 miles from Fairfax, Virginia - where they lived and were reported missing in August.
The bodies were found bound together with duct tape and facing each other.
The bodies of Rotana, 22, and Tala Farea, 16, were discovered on October 24 near Manhattan's Upper East Side. However, there was no trauma to their bodies that would indicate they had jumped from the bridge.
The bodies of two women were found washed up from the Hudson River off the Upper West Side in New York, Oct. 24, 2018.