Cops Seek Surveillance Video For Two Dead Sisters Found Bound By Duct Tape In River

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Feb. 25 2019, Updated 11:34 a.m. ET

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NYPD officials are searching for surveillance footage to aid their investigation into the deaths of two sisters who were found washed up along the Hudson River in New York City, can exclusively reveal.

The bodies of Tala Farea, 16, and Rotana Farea, 22, were discovered bound together by duct tape on October 24.

Police initially believed the girls jumped to their deaths off the George Washington Bridge before their bodies were swept 100 blocks downriver.

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But family who spoke to Arab News insisted the sisters' deaths was not a suicide, prompting police to conduct a full investigation.

"An investigation starts when the bodies are found, and all avenues are looked into," Detective Maroney of the NYPD told "Once it has been deemed a suicide or not, it's still an ongoing investigation. In this case, surveillance footage would definitely be looked at."


The girls — who were Saudi nationals — had lived in Fairfax, Virginia, until Rotana moved to New York this past year. Police say Tala had been visiting her sibling. Their mother reported the two missing.

An autopsy is underway.

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