Two Women Found Duct-Taped Together in NYC Identified as Saudi Sisters

Two bodies that were found duct-taped together last week near the Hudson River in New York City have been identified as two sisters from Virginia.

Authorities believe the sisters may have died in a suicide pact, but questions continue to swirl about when they disappeared and how they ended up in NY.

The New York Police Department says the bodies that were found Wednesday lying on rocks along the river were 22-year-old Rotana Farea and her 16-year-old sister, Tala Farea, both of Fairfax, Virginia.

An alert from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children said that Tala was missing after having been seen last on August 24.

Regarding reports that Tala had run away from home, the family said that the sisters were very close and she had found it hard to cope with Rotana living so far away.

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Police told the New York Post that they believed the women had entered the river from the George Washington Bridge and then floated more than 100 blocks south to just below Riverside Park, which stretches for 50 blocks along Manhattan's west side.

Arab News contacted the New York Police Department and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in the city, who said that the case remains under investigation and the cause of death is yet to be determined. No family members or friends could be located Sunday.

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. Police said both were fully clothed and there were no obvious signs of trauma.

The sisters' father has since arrived in NY following news of their death. They were wearing black jackets with fur trim and black leggings and were duct-taped together at their hands and waists, so that they faced each other.

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