Cops release first photos of Saudi sisters found duct-taped together

Police sketches of the two sisters Tala Farea 16 left and Rotana Farea 22

Tala had been reported missing from Fairfax since August 24 and was suspected to be accompanied by Rotan, police said.

They had been previously reported missing in December 2017.

"I think we've made significant progress in piecing together pieces of this puzzle to find out what happened", Shea said.

Investigators have said they did not see any obvious signs of trauma on the bodies when they were found on October 24 in the area of 68th Street and Riverside Park.

Tala Farea and Rotana Farea are seen in these undated photos released by the New York Police Department.

The girls' movements before their death are not yet clear but police said they had moved to the U.S. with their mother in 2015, settling in Fairfax, more than 200 miles from where their bodies were found on 24 October. It was later discovered she was with her older sister in NY and the search called off.

The sisters came to the USA from Saudi Arabia with their mother in 2015.

According to police, the sisters' mother said she received a call from the Saudi Embassy in Washington a day before the bodies were discovered informing her that her daughters had been ordered to leave to United States because they had applied for political asylum.

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They said there was no reason to think the sister was abducted or in danger, which is why no images were released to the public.

In a statement released today, the Saudi Arabian Consulate General in NY said the Farea sisters were "citizens accompanying their brother in Washington" and it had "appointed an attorney to follow the case closely".

The cause of death has not been released.

Two sisters whose bodies were found bound together were Saudi nationals who may have been seeking asylum in the US. The lack of obvious trauma appeared to rule out a theory they may have jumped into the river from the George Washington Bridge.

Anyone with information is urged to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

"The embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Washington, D.C. has reached out to the citizens' family and extended its support and aid in this trying time", the statement said.

The Farea sisters' deaths have been shrouded in mystery since last week.

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