Saudi Sisters Killed Themselves, Says Medical Examiner

25 January, 2019, 15:58 | Author: Gregory Stephens
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Rotana and Tala Farea's fully-clothed bodies were found bound together when they washed up on the banks of New York City's Hudson River waterfront.

The New York medical examiner said on Tuesday that the sisters had committed suicide.

Law enforcement sources in NY indicated previous year that the sisters "would rather do harm to themselves" than return to their home country.

"My office determined that the death of the Farea sisters was the result of suicide, in which the young women bound themselves together before descending into the Hudson River", Chief Medical Examiner Barbara Sampson said. However, further investigation revealed no signs of trauma that would indicate a plunge from the bridge, NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said at the time. A jogger said he saw them praying at a playground near the river, sitting about 30 feet (9 metres) apart with their heads in their hands, hours before their bodies were found, police said. They traveled to New York City and stayed in high-end hotels, eventually maxing out the older sister's credit card.

A pair of immigrant sisters from Saudi Arabia, whose bodies were found near the Hudson River in New York City past year, killed themselves, medical officials said Tuesday.


The Farea sisters' deaths and the January escape of Saudi teen Rahaf al-Qunun from Saudi Arabia have put the kingdom's guardianship laws, which restrict many aspects of women's lives, back under global scrutiny.

The sisters, who according to police has applied for asylum in the United States, had been placed in a shelter but left Virginia in August and set out for NY. They were tied together at the ankles and waist by duct tape.

The mother of the two sisters told detectives that 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 US because her daughters had applied for asylum.

The sisters are believed to have gone missing in November 2017, after which they were tracked down and placed in a Virginia facility until August 2018.

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