2 bound bodies found in NYC were missing Virginia sisters

Police have identified the two women whose duct-taped bodies were found washed up from the Hudson River as sisters

The Saudi Consulate General said in a statement that embassy officials had contacted their family, and added that the sisters were students "accompanying their brother in Washington".

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.

According to the NYPD, the two dead girls had previously spent time in a shelter after going missing once before in December 2017.

The Saudi consulate in NY has said they are following the investigation.

They were reported missing again August 24.

"We are looking at all clues in their past life", he said.

She told detectives, according to the New York Post, that the day before their bodies were discovered, she received a phone call from the Saudi Arabian embassy informing her that the family's residency in the United States was in jeopardy because the two had applied for immigration asylum.

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

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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.

Almost a week after two Fairfax County sisters were found dead along a riverbank in New York City, mystery still surrounds their deaths.

Sketches were initially released of the Saudi Arabian sisters who were found bound by duct tape in the Hudson River near New York City's Upper West Side.

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 consulate said it has "appointed an attorney to follow the case closely", and that authorities "are following closely and constantly for details on the case including the forensic reports showing the causes of death which have not yet been finalized and is still under investigation".

Police had originally theorised that the girls may have jumped from the George Washington Bridge, but ruled that out after finding a lack of obvious injuries which they would have sustained in the fall.

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.

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