NYPD Detectives Focus on Timeline in Saudi Sisters' Death

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"At this point in time, everything we've seen thus far leads to something other than a crime taking place, but were not ruling it out".

The sisters were Saudi citizens and students who were accompanying their brother in Washington, the Royal Consulate General of Saudi Arabia in NY said Tuesday.

Investigators are struggling to piece together the mystery of how two sisters from Saudi Arabia who lived in Virginia ended up dead with their feet and waists tied together on a riverbank in NY. After they were located by authorities in December 2017, they were placed into a Virginia facility "similar to a domestic violence center".

As indicated by the Arab News, an English paper in Saudi Arabia, their mom revealed Tala, the younger sister, was reported missing months ago but called off the search once she found out that Tala was staying with Rotana in New York City. "They were sitting with their heads in their hands, their heads lowered, and they were making noises loudly that he described as praying", Shea said, relaying the witness's statement. According to Uber records, they arrived in NY on September 1, where they stayed in high end hotels including the Knickerbocker and ordered meals, always two at a time.

Police are still investigating what exactly happened, but they are calling the deaths suspicious.

One theory had been that the sisters had jumped from the George Washington Bridge, but that was ruled out after the medical examiners' office said there were no obvious signs of trauma on the bodies.




Instead, they now believe the girls walked into the water alive with their waists and ankles loosely bound with duct-tape, and that no crime was committed against them that caused their deaths. "We have them shopping at various locations and again, ordering food at the hotels".

The sisters had recently requested asylum in the United States without giving a reason for the application, according to police.

Officials confirmed that at some point the sisters had applied for asylum in the USA, referencing their alleged abuse. The sisters did, police said, reference the allegations of abuse when applying.

The pair were living together in Virginia at the time of their disappearance. "We want to get justice for the victims".

"There is a strong possibility... that money was running out", he said during a press conference Friday.

Authorities said they are continuing their investigation in part by examining electronic evidence, and are "exploring all angles".

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