Police are investigating the mysterious deaths of two sisters from Saudi Arabia whose bodies, bound together with tape, washed up on New York City's waterfront last week.
The bodies of Tala Farea, 16, and Rotana Farea, 22, were spotted by a passerby on October 24 and identified as two missing sisters from Fairfax, Virginia.
"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. "Those interviews [with relatives in Virginia] are really unraveling in some way a piece of the puzzle of, behind the scenes, what was going on in the two young ladies' lives".
Two months ago, the mother reported Tala as missing, but later withdrew the report after the teenager was found visiting her sister in NY.
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.
The sisters' bodies were taped together and facing each other, but had no obvious signs of trauma, police said.
Police told the New York Post that they believed the women had entered the river from the George Washington Bridge and then floated more than 100 blocks south to just below Riverside Park, which stretches for 50 blocks along Manhattan's west side.
Their mother filed another missing persons report recently but withdrew it after she said her younger daughter called her and told her she was visiting Rotana in the city.
Rotana was enrolled at George Mason University, but left in the spring.
Virginia cops eventually found them, but they went to go stay in a shelter, the location of which wasn't disclosed by cops to the parents, sources said. Tala had been reported missing from Fairfax since August 24 and was suspected to be accompanied by Rotan, police said.
The Saudi consulate-general in NY said it was "conducting a continuous follow-up to find out the facts" regarding the incident, according to a statement shared by Al Arabiya on Tuesday.