Police release recent photos of Saudi sisters found dead in NYC river

2 bound bodies found in NYC were missing Virginia sisters

Shea released new images of the Farea sisters, which he said were obtained with the cooperation of the family.

In a statement, the Saudi embassy said the two sisters were accompanying their brother in Washington DC, although police have not commented on this.

A New York City Police Department spokesperson said an investigation into the deaths is ongoing and that the city medical examiner will determine their cause of deaths, according to WTOP in Washington D.C.

They had been previously reported missing in December 2017. They also, had the pair jumped during daylight, a driver near the busy bridge would have seen them. NYPD Chief Detective Dermot Shea told reporters on Wednesday that detectives have gone to Virginia and interviewed family and associates.

Tala Farea was listed as missing by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children as of August 24, and "may be with her sister", the center said.

"I think we've made significant progress in piecing together pieces of this puzzle to find out what happened", Shea said.

Rotana was enrolled at George Mason University, but left in the spring.




Officials wouldn't confirm the report publicly but did confirm they're looking into the sisters' immigration status.

Two sisters whose bodies were found bound together were Saudi nationals who may have been seeking asylum in the US.

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 USA because her daughters had applied for political asylum, NY police said Tuesday.

Several rumors surfaced with regards to the girls' mysterious deaths, including claims that they'd been missing for two months. Surveillance cameras showed no signs of them on the bridge.

The Farea sisters' deaths have been shrouded in mystery since last week.

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

In a statement released today, the Saudi Arabian Consulate General in NY said the Farea sisters were "citizens accompanying their brother in Washington" and it had "appointed an attorney to follow the case closely".

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