Bodies of two sisters found taped together on NY river bank

Shea released new images of the Farea sisters, which he said were obtained with the cooperation of the family.

The NYPD says there's no known nexus between the sisters' death and the Saudi government.

"They never had any issues and the eldest was sent to college in New York City with her family's blessing", says the relative, who rejects suggestions that the sisters died in a suicide pact.

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

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.

They were reported missing again August 24.

"We've made significant progress in piecing together the pieces of this puzzle to find out what happened", said Shea at an unrelated press briefing.

There were no obvious signs of trauma to their bodies, police have 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.

DailyMail.com has learned Rotana, from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, was an undergraduate at George Mason University from January 2016 until May of this year.

Officials wouldn't confirm the report publicly but did confirm they're looking into the sisters' immigration status.

The bodies of two women were found washed up from the Hudson River off the Upper West Side in New York, Oct. 24, 2018.

The Saudi consulate released a statement on Tuesday saying that the sisters were students accompanying their brother in Washington.

In a statement released today, the Saudi Arabian Consulate General in NY said the Farea sisters were "citizens accompanying their brother in Washington" and it had "appointed an attorney to follow the case closely".

Anyone with information about the Farea sisters is urged to call the New York City Police Department's Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.

  • Jon Douglas