The sisters were Saudi citizens and students who were accompanying their brother in Washington, the Royal Consulate General of Saudi Arabia in New York said Tuesday.
Detectives have been in Virginia, the place Tala had been reported lacking in August, Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea advised reporters Wednesday.
“We have made vital progress in piecing collectively items of this puzzle to search out out what occurred,” Shea stated.
Interviews with relations and others have begun to make clear “what was happening within the two younger girls’ lives,” he stated.
“We’re a two-month hole,” Shea stated, referring to the time since Tala was reported lacking. “The detectives’ work has stuffed in lots of the items, however there’s nonetheless some gaps that we wish to fill in and get an actual clear image of what occurred within the final two months.”
The consulate has been involved with the sisters’ household and appointed an legal professional to observe the investigation, officers stated.
The Saudi Embassy in Washington had referred to as their mom to tell her that her daughters had utilized for asylum in america, The New York Occasions reported this week.
The sisters have been pronounced lifeless the place they have been discovered alongside the riverbank, police stated.
There have been no apparent indicators of trauma to their our bodies, police have stated. The town health worker’s workplace will decide the trigger and method of dying.
Tala Farea had been lacking from Fairfax since August 24, in response to the Nationwide Middle for Lacking and Exploited Youngsters.
A submit on the middle’s web site — which seems to have been taken down — had famous that Tala might need been with Rotana.
CNN’s Mark Morales, Jason Hanna, Laura Ly and Madeleine Thompson contributed to this report.