Va. sisters were found dead in NYC, duct-taped together

Va. sisters were found dead in NYC, duct-taped together

Va. sisters were found dead in NYC, duct-taped together

These two undated photos provided by the New York City Police Department (NYPD) show sisters Rotana, left, and Tala Farea, whose fully clothed bodies, bound together with tape and facing each other, were discovered on on the banks of New York City's Hudson River waterfront on October 24, 2018.

The mother of the sisters, Rotana Farea (22) and Tala Farea (16), lives in Fairfax, Virginia.

In a statement, the Saudi Consulate General said embassy officials in Washington had contacted the family and "extended its support and aid in this trying time".

A passerby called 911 at 2.40pm on Wednesday after spotting the two bodies, which were found laying on rocks by the river when police arrived at the scene.

NY police were still trying to piece together on Wednesday a mystery over two young women whose bodies were discovered a week ago on the rocky Manhattan shore of the Hudson River, bound together with duct tape around their waists and ankles.

Some reports indicate that the older sister, Rotana, may have been living in NY. Dermot Shea, NYPD Chief of Detectives, tweeted on Wednesday.

The medical examiner's office hasn't yet announced the cause of death, but at this time authorities are looking at both suicide and homicide as possibilities.

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"The detectives' work has filled in numerous pieces, but there's still some gaps that we would like to fill in and get a real clear picture of what happened in the last two months".

A post on the centre's website - which appears to have been taken down - had noted that Tala might have been with Rotana.

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

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

Police had originally theorised that the girls may have jumped from the George Washington Bridge, but ruled that out after finding a lack of obvious injuries which they would have sustained in the fall. has learned Rotana, from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, was an undergraduate at George Mason University from January 2016 until May of this year.

New York City police sent a detective to Virginia to learn more about the sisters.

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