Detectives begin 'unraveling' mystery of sisters found dead, bound in Hudson River

Larry Hoffman
November 1, 2018

AP had previously reported that "The mother told detectives the day before the bodies were discovered, she received a call from an official at the Saudi Arabian Embassy, ordering the family to leave the United States because her daughters had applied for political asylum, NY police said Tuesday".

How the Farea sisters came to die and make the 225-mile trip from their home in Fairfax, Virginia to the bank of the Hudson River is still a mystery to police.

The Saudi Consulate General said in a statement that embassy officials had contacted their family, and added that the sisters were students "accompanying their brother in Washington".

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. No family members or friends could be located Sunday.

Their mother told detectives the day before the bodies were discovered, she received a call from an official at the Saudi Arabian Embassy, ordering the family to leave the US because her daughters had applied for political asylum, NY police said Tuesday.

The Hudson River separates NY from New Jersey, and police were scouring the river banks to see if they can establish where the sisters entered the water.

Detective Shea told a media conference that investigators were working to resolve "gaps" in the sisters' history.

"We do not know that a crime took place", NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot F. Shea said Thursday.

"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".

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

Neither woman's body had immediately obvious signs of trauma, and after initially suspecting that the pair might have jumped from the George Washington Bridge, cops cooled on the theory Tuesday.

Rotana was enrolled at George Mason University, but left earlier this year.

Virginia cops eventually found them, but they went to go stay in a shelter, the location of which wasn't disclosed by cops to the parents, sources said.

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.

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