Two Women Found Duct-Taped Together in NYC Identified as Saudi Sisters

Zachary Stieber
By Zachary Stieber
October 29, 2018USshare

The two women whose bodies were found bound together with duct-tape after washing up from New York City’s Hudson River on Oct. 24 have been identified as Saudi sisters.

The deceased women were identified as Rotana Farea, 22, and her sister Tala Farea, 16, after sketches of the girls were circulated in news reports. Their mother identified them from the sketches.

An alert from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children said that Tala was missing after having been seen last on Aug. 24. Rotana was possibly with her sister, according to the alert, which has since been removed.

The Farea family lived in Fairfax, Virginia, after they moved there from Saudi Arabia. Rotana had moved to New York City several years ago.

sketches of women found bound with duct tape
Two women were found next to the Hudson River on the Upper West Side of the Manhattan borough of New York City on Oct. 24. (NYPD)

Family Members Say Not Suicide

New York Police Department sources had said it may be a suicide.

But family members told the Riyadh-based Arab News that they don’t think the women committed suicide.

The family members on Oct. 28 also denied that the sisters were missing since August, noting that their mother initially did report Tala missing but soon found that she had been visiting her sister in New York City.

Their mother did lose contact with them about a week before the bodies were found.

The women’s father flew to New York on Oct. 25.

Bodies Not in Water Long

The sisters were found fully dressed in Riverside Park near 68th Street.

The bodies had washed onto some rocks by the tide. They were wearing black jackets with fur trim and black leggings and were duct-taped together at their hands and waists, so that they faced each other.

According to the New York Post, NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said on Oct. 25, “They were not in the water that long.”

The police department said on Oct. 28 that the results of autopsies on the bodies are still pending.

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