Saudi sisters who washed up in NY had killed themselves

The deaths of Tala Farea 16 and Rotana Farea 22 who were found dead in the Hudson River in October were ruled a suicide by the New York City medical examiner's office

Their fully clothed bodies were discovered October 24 near the river, two months after they were last seen in Fairfax, Virginia, where they had been living in a shelter amid allegations that they were abused at home.

Investigators say the sisters travelled from Virginia where they were reported missing and stayed at multiple high-end hotels, ate out regularly and went shopping in the days before they died.

Authorities say the sisters bound themselves together with duct tape and walked into the river, where they drowned.

The tragic and mysterious death of two Saudi Arabian sisters whose bodies were found, taped together, along New York City's waterfront last October appears to have been a double suicide.

"Today, my office determined that the death of the Farea sisters was the result of suicide, in which the young women bound themselves together before descending into the Hudson River", Sampson said in a short but poignant note released on Tuesday. "The sisters were two of roughly 500 known individuals citywide that committed suicide in 2018", Sampson said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE. Officials say the sisters were seeking asylum in the USA, according to The Washington Post.

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On Aug. 24, police officers said, the girls traveled to New York City, arriving on September 1.

The sisters, who according to police has applied for asylum in the United States, had been placed in a shelter but left Virginia in August and set out for NY.

The sisters had said they would rather inflict harm on themselves or kill themselves rather than return to Saudi Arabia, sources in the investigation told detectives.

An official at the Saudi Embassy in Washington refuted an Associated Press (AP) claim that the mother of the sisters said she had received a call from the embassy requesting that the family leave the United States because the daughters had requested asylum.

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

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