01 November, 2018
NY and Arab media said the sisters, who had run away from home before, were of Saudi origin but their family was living in Fairfax, Virginia.
The sisters lived in Fairfax, Virginia.
They were reported missing again August 24.
Tala and Rotana moved to the US from Saudi Arabia with their mother in 2015, settling in Fairfax, a suburb of Washington D.C., police said.
Two women were found next to the Hudson River on the Upper West Side of the Manhattan borough of New York City on October 24.
Both were fully clothed and there were no obvious signs of trauma, police said.
They are insisting that the pair did not commit suicide and are waiting to find out the cause of death from the Chief Medical Examiner, which has not yet released findings from the autopsies.
Rotana was enrolled at George Mason University, but left in the spring.
The mother of Tala Farea, 16, and Rotana Farea, 22, told detectives that she learned the girls applied for asylum in the United States the day before their bodies washed up on the East Side of Manhattan from the Hudson River.
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NYT reported that investigators were trying to determine how the two sisters ended up in the riverbank at Riverside Park. The lack of obvious trauma appeared to rule out a theory they may have jumped into the river from the George Washington Bridge.
Some reports indicate that the older sister, Rotana, may have been living in NY.
New York City police sent a detective to Virginia to learn more about the sisters.
The Consulate General is following closely with local authorities the investigation of the two Saudi citizens found in the Hudson river.
Furthermore, a Saudi official at the kingdom's embassy in Washington DC categorically denied to Arab News that the embassy had made any calls to the mother with regards to her alleged daughters' political asylum claim.
Fairfax police confirmed to DailyMail.com that at least one Farea sister was reported missing by family.
They had been previously reported missing in December 2017.
When officers located the girls, they requested protection and were placed in a shelter, according to the New York Times.