The case stays steeped in thriller greater than per week after the our bodies of 22-year-old Rotana Farea and 16-year-old Tala Farea of Fairfax, Virginia, have been found in higher Manhattan with their ft and waists certain collectively by duct tape.
Water was discovered within the sisters’ lungs, the official stated, main investigators to imagine they have been alive after they entered the water. Police beforehand stated the our bodies confirmed no indicators of trauma.
New York Police Division investigators imagine the deaths to be suicides, the official stated, although detectives are nonetheless investigating the circumstances surrounding them.
Nonetheless, the NYPD is just not able to formally decide the causes of demise. In accordance with NYPD deputy commissioner of public data Phil Walzak, authorities are nonetheless actively investigating whether or not the deaths have been the results of suicide, murder or an accident.
The sisters have been Saudi residents and college students accompanying their brother in Washington, in keeping with an announcement from the Royal Consulate Normal of Saudi Arabia. The consulate has been involved with the sisters’ household and appointed an lawyer to comply with the investigation.
The regulation enforcement official informed CNN it is grow to be evident in the middle of the investigation that the sisters didn’t wish to return to Saudi Arabia.
Earlier this week The New York Instances reported the Saudi Embassy in Washington had known as Rotana and Tala’s mom to tell her that her daughters had utilized for asylum in america.
NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea stated Wednesday that detectives have been in Virginia conducting interviews with members of the speedy household to make clear “what was happening within the two younger girls’ lives.”
“We have made important progress in piecing collectively items of this puzzle to seek out out what occurred,” he stated.
In accordance with the Nationwide Middle for Lacking and Exploited Youngsters, Tala had been lacking from Fairfax since August 24.
A put up on the middle’s web site — which seems to have been taken down — famous that Tala may need been with Rotana.
The sisters additionally have been reported lacking greater than eight months prior, for sooner or later in December 2017, in keeping with Fairfax County Police.
Officer Tara Gerhard, a spokeswoman for the division, stated the sisters have been “referred to companies, however she couldn’t specify what sort of companies, nor supply extra particulars, citing privateness legal guidelines.
CNN’s David Shortell, Ray Sanchez, Jason Hanna, Laura Ly and Madeleine Thompson contributed to this report.