No sign of assault in Saudi sisters' NYC deaths

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Tala and Rotana moved to the US from Saudi Arabia with their mother in 2015 and settled in Fairfax.

The Saudi Arabian citizens and students who were accompanying their brother in Washington, D.C., the Royal Consulate General of Saudi Arabia in NY.

Rotana had attended school at George Mason University, before dropping out in the spring, school officials said.

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

They disappeared from Fairfax, Virginia, in late September and were thought to have been travelling together to New...

"We're looking at a two-month gap", Shea said.

The sisters had been reported missing before, according to Fairfax police.

The sister had a history of running away from their family's home in Virginia where they had not lived since the end of 2017.

But they were wearing westernized clothes, including black leggings and fur coats - a no-no in the arch-conservative desert kingdom.

Despite initial reports that the sisters were bound together, Shea said he would describe the tape as "not binding them together, but keeping them together".

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Tala Farea, 16, and Rotana Farea, 22, were found dead by a passerby on Wednesday, Oct. 24 near West 68th Street.

Police have not yet determined the cause of death.

The consulate confirmed that it immediately appointed a lawyer to follow up the legal process of the case and will clarify the most important developments as soon as they are received.

Some kind of suicide is still a leading theory in the sisters' deaths, however.

Shea said information showed they stayed at a number of high-end hotels with video showing them in apparent good health as recently as a week before their bodies were discovered.

"Is it possible? I can tell you that there were no, say, marks on the body, indicative of a fall from a height".

How did they end up in NY?

What did the sisters do before their deaths?

Electronic court records indicated the sisters took Uber taxis to NY and arrived on September 1, Shea said.

Once they were identified, police sent detectives to Virginia to piece together the last months of their lives. "They just came and went".

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The witness said he was exercising at about 7 a.m. the day the Farea sisters' bodies were discovered.

Two women were found next to the Hudson River on the Upper West Side of the Manhattan borough of New York City on October 24.

The source told officials he was in a playground near the Hudson River on West 158th Street on October 24 when he saw two women sitting about 30 feet apart.

It wasn't the first time the sisters vanished.

Police are still appealing for anyone who had met the sisters since August to come forward with further information.

"Details are still under investigation and will be shared in due course", she added.

Were the girls seeking asylum?


Unidentified family members in Saudi Arabia had previously told the Arab News that they believed the sisters could not have committed suicide.

A Saudi official refuted that to HuffPost, stating that the phone call was about the mother's expired immigration status. "We treat everything like a crime until we know otherwise", he said.

The Saudi embassy in Washington said yesterday that it was extending its "support and aid in this trying time" to the family.

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