The medical examiner's office has revealed Tuesday the cause of death for two Saudi Arabian sisters who were found duct-taped together in a New York City river in October 24 as suicide.
16-year-old Tala Farea and her 22-year-old sister Rotana Farea were discovered floating in the river near Manhattan's Upper West Side. Their bodies fully clothed, bound by tape with no signs of trauma. Authorities believed they washed ashore.
According to Chief Medical Examiner Barbara Sampson, the sisters bound themselves together before descending into the river.
Reports said that the sisters who moved to the U.S. from Saudi Arabia in 2015 told people that they would rather harm themselves than go back to their home country.