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

Tala Farea had been reported missing on August 24, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which noted that she may be with her sister, Rotana.

Police said there were no obvious signs of trauma on their bodies, adding that both had been reported missing multiple times in the past, and had recently requested asylum in the US.

Rather than live on campus like many of her classmates, Rotana traveled back to her home in Falls Church, Virginia where she lived with her mother, brother and Tala.

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

She told detectives, according to the New York Post, that the day before their bodies were discovered, she received a phone call from the Saudi Arabian embassy informing her that the family's residency in the United States was in jeopardy because the two had applied for immigration asylum.

The Farea sisters moved from Saudi Arabia to Fairfax, Virginia, in 2015 with their mother, and had a history of running away from home, according to USA officials.

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WTOP has been unable to reach family members regarding the sisters' deaths.

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

Officials wouldn't confirm the report publicly but did confirm they're looking into the sisters' immigration status. "Those interviews [with relatives in Virginia] are really unraveling in some way a piece of the puzzle of, behind the scenes, what was going on in the two young ladies' lives".

Police released a sketch of the two women found laying on rocks near the Hudson River off of Riverside Park. The lack of obvious trauma appeared to rule out a theory they may have jumped into the river from the George Washington Bridge.

Anyone with information about what happened is urged to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). A police official tells the Times that they are still seeking "what might have been their entry point into the water".

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