Saudi sisters killed themselves, says medical examiner

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The cause of death was drowning.

The bodies of Tala Farea, 16, and Rotana Farea, 23, were discovered in October in the Hudson River on Manhattan's Upper West Side - two months after they were last seen in Virginia where they had been living in a shelter amid allegations they were abused at home.

An NYPD spokesman said that they stayed in several different upscale hotels and maxed out a credit card while there. They were found duct taped to each other on the Hudson River shoreline a year ago.

NY authorities have announced that two Saudi sisters whose bodies were found on the banks of a NY river bound together with duct tape had committed suicide.

Rotana Farea, 22, and her sister Tala Farea, 16, drowned in the river after they bound each other together and leaped off the George Washington Bridge on October 24, according to the city Medical Examiner's Office. "It is entirely credible that the girls entered the water alive", Shea said in November, adding that the sisters were last seen with their family in Virginia on November 30, 2017.

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The bodies of Rotana Farea, 23, and her 16-year-old sister Tala were discovered along the shore of Riverside Park on October 24th. Officials say the sisters were seeking asylum in the US, according to The Washington Post.

The two women appeared to be in good health on security video police located from about a week before their bodies were found. The sisters' deaths generated national media attention and speculation they may have been killed because of how they were found.

Fatimah Baeshen, spokeswoman for Saudi Arabia's U.S. Embassy in Washington, was cited by AFP as saying, "Reports that we ordered anyone related to the Saudi sisters, Tala and Rotana Farea, God rest their souls, (who recently died tragically in NY), to leave the USA for seeking asylum; are absolutely false". Others said the sisters expressed that "they would rather commit suicide than return to Saudi Arabia".

Rotana was enrolled at George Mason University, in Fairfax, but left in the spring.

And as they ran out of money, they made a decision to take their lives together.

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