According to the New York Times, their mother had been notified her daughters had sought asylum in the US earlier this month. The Farea sisters were reported missing again, for the second and final time, on August 24.
The Farea sisters moved from Saudi Arabia to Fairfax, Virginia, in 2015 with their mother, and had a history of running away from home, according to U.S. officials.
The bodies of two women were found washed up from the Hudson River off the Upper West Side in New York, Oct. 24, 2018.
Police sources say they do not believe the sisters died by jumping off the George Washington Bridge, six miles upriver from where their bodies were found by Riverside Park.
Police said they're investigating the deaths and that the city medical examiner's office will determine the causes. Rotana Farea had been enrolled at George Mason University until the spring.
A post on the center's website - which appears to have been taken down - had noted that Tala might have been with Rotana.
The Hudson River separates NY from New Jersey, and police were scouring the river banks to see if they can establish where the sisters entered the water.
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Interviews with family members and others have begun to shed light on "what was going on in the two young ladies' lives", he said.
New York City police sent a detective to Virginia to learn more about the sisters.
The Saudi consulate in NY has said they are following the investigation.
In a follow-up statement, the Saudi Arabian consulate described the pair as "students accompanying their brother in Washington".
In a statement released to the public on Tuesday afternoon, the Saudi Consulate General said that embassy officials had reached out to the Farea family and "extended its support and aid in this trying time".
The Week's Ryan Cooper likened the Farea sisters' death to the 1976 car-bombing and assassination of Chilean dissident Orlando Letelier-an assassination which was carried out with the full knowledge and tacit acceptance of top US policymakers, including then-Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, according to the Washington Post.