Published: Wed, October 31, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Saudi sisters' bodies recovered from NYC riverbank

Saudi sisters' bodies recovered from NYC riverbank

According to other family members, the sisters were close, prompting Tala to run away form her home in Fairfax and move to New York City, where her older sister lived.

The next day, the bodies of Rotana, 23, and Tala, 16, were found washed up near West 68th Street, bound together at the waist and feet by duct tape, authorities said.

In a statement issued on Monday, the Saudi Embassy in Washington said that it has contacted the family of the sisters and assured all help and support in their hours of distress.

The two sisters whose bodies were found bound together with tape in the Hudson River were from Saudi Arabia, the New York City Police Department said Tuesday.

Family members claim the sisters' mother reported Tala missing two months ago, but called off the search after finding out she was in NY visiting her sister.

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Their mother reported the younger sister missing two months ago, but the search was called off when Tala was discovered visiting her older sister. The sisters "were students accompanying their brother in Washington", the Saudi consulate in NY said in a statement posted on Twitter Tuesday.

A passerby called 911 at 2.40pm on Wednesday after spotting the two bodies, which were found laying on rocks by the river when police arrived at the scene. But the missing child report was withdrawn after it was claimed she was living with her elder sister in New York City.

The Hudson River separates NY from New Jersey, and police were scouring the river banks to see if they can establish where the sisters entered the water.

It added that the they had also appointed a lawyer to "follow up the legal process of the case and will clarify the most important developments as soon as they are received".

The women's bodies washed ashore off of Manhattan's Upper West Side on October 24, bound together with duct tape, police said. "Clad in similar black leggings and black jackets with fur trim, their bodies bore no obvious signs of trauma".

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