Monday 15 July 2019

Saudi sisters found tied together in NY river 'killed themselves'

 

Tala Farea (16) committed suicide with her sister. Photo: Getty Images
Tala Farea (16) committed suicide with her sister. Photo: Getty Images

Rachel Alexander

A pair of Saudi Arabian sisters whose bodies washed up together on a New York waterfront deliberately took their own lives, the city's chief medical examiner has concluded.

Tala Farea (16) and Rotana Farea (23) "bound themselves together before descending into the Hudson River", Barbara Simpson said in a brief statement.

She added: "Today, my office determined that the death of the Farea sisters was the result of suicide."

The siblings' bodies were spotted in Manhattan on October 24 last year, two months after they were last seen at their home in Fairfax, Virginia, where the moved after leaving Saudi Arabia several years ago.

They later lived in a shelter having suffered alleged abuse at home.

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