New York City officials did not provide a cause for death on Sunday for two Fairfax County women whose bodies were found along the Hudson River on Wednesday, and police said it had not been determined if they were Were victims of bad play.
New York police said Rotana Farea, 22, and her 16-year-old sister Tala Farea, were discovered Wednesday afternoon near 68th Street and Riverside Drive on Manhattan's Upper West Side. The police said the two were taped around their waist and feet. Their bodies were identified on Friday.
Tala Farea was reported missing by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children on August 24 and "could be with her sister," the center said. Rotana Farea reportedly lived in the Skyline Towers in Baileys Crossroads and the County Fairfax Corner area, according to records. No family members or friends could be found on Sunday.
Police told The New York Post that they believed that the women had invaded the river from the George Washington Bridge and then swam more than 100 blocks south to just below Riverside Park, which extended for 50 blocks along the Manhattan's west side. New York police chief Dermot Shea told the post office, "They have not been in the water for so long."
A New York police spokesman said on Sunday that the police were waiting for the results of the sisters' autopsies before deciding whether the case was a murder. A spokeswoman for the Supreme Court Medical Office did not return any news on Sunday.