Saudi Sisters Found Murdered In US, Family Had Been Threatened By Saudi Gov’t

Tala and Rotana Farea were found last week in New York City, bound together with tape and no clear cause of death.

The as-yet unexplained deaths of two sisters from Saudi Arabia — whose bodies washed ashore in New York City last week, bound together with tape — continues to puzzle police, The Associated Press reported on Tuesday.

> The sisters, Tala Farea, 16, and Rotana Farea, 22, were discovered Oct. 24 on a bank of the Hudson River, about 225 miles from Fairfax, Virginia, where they lived and were reported missing in August.

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> As of Tuesday, investigators still had not determined how they died. The sisters’ bodies were taped together and facing each other, but had no obvious signs of trauma, police said. They were both fully clothed.

According to police, the girls’ mother said she received a phone call from an official at the Saudi Arabian Embassy just one day prior to the discovery of their bodies.

She said the official ordered her family to leave the U.S., because her daughters had applied for political asylum, the AP reported.

> Saudi Arabia’s Consulate General in New York said in a statement that it had “appointed an attorney to follow the case closely.”

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> In its statement, the Saudi Consulate General said embassy officials in Washington had contacted the family and “extended its support and aid in this trying time.” It said the sisters were students “accompanying their brother in Washington.”

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