It is believed that two sisters whose corpses were found on a shore tied with tape killed themselves so as not to be sent home.

The corpses of Tala Farea (16) and Rotana Farea (23) were found from the Hudson River, New York. They had told friends that they would rather do harm than return to Saudi Arabia.

The couple had disappeared from Fairfax, Virginia, two months ago, living in an animal shelter on charges of being mistreated at home.

The corpses of Rotana (left) and Tala Farea were found on the banks of the Hudson River in New York (Image: AP)

They had recently applied for asylum in the US after arriving in 2015.

The police said the sisters had been living in Manhattan since September 1, staying in expensive hotels and ordering two meals until one of their used credit cards was used up.

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A jogger said he had seen her praying in a playground near the river, which was sitting about 10 feet apart with her heads in her hand hours before her bodies were found on October 24, police said ,

Dermot Shea, police chief of the New York Police said that people who knew the sisters of Farea in Virginia told the investigators that they had made statements last year that "they would rather do harm – commit suicide than to Saudi Arabia to return. "

Shea paused when she said that the sisters had killed themselves, but that the police had "no credible information that a crime had taken place."

The coroner still has to decide on his death and the case is still under investigation.

Police work on the waterfront on the Hudson River after discovery of the two sisters (Image: AP)

The sisters' corpses were glued together, facing each other and fully clothed, the police said.

There was no obvious sign of trauma and it seemed like they were still alive when they went into the water, the police said.

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The mysterious deaths of the Farea sisters have attracted worldwide attention and fueled rampant speculation and online conspiracy theories after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in a Saudi embassy in Turkey.

The nurse's mother told the investigators that the day before the corpses were discovered, she had received a phone call from an official from the Saudi Arabian embassy, ​​who asked the family to leave the US after her daughters had applied for asylum.

The Saudi Arabian Embassy has refused to discuss asylum applications with the family.

Fatimah Baeshen, spokeswoman for the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Washington, said: "We have reportedly ordered that someone related to Saudi sisters Tala and Rotana Farea should rest the soul (who recently died tragically in New York) who left USA to seek asylum are absolutely wrong. "

Detectives believe that the couple may have killed themselves in the river because they fear they would return to Saudi Arabia (photo: AP).

"Details are still under investigation and will be announced in due course," she said.

Tala and Rotana moved with their mother from Saudi Arabia to the United States in 2015 and settled in Fairfax, a suburb of Washington, DC.

The sisters left their family's home and were moved to a lodging-style facility after a previous disappearance in December 2017.

At the time, Shea said, "It was claimed that they were abused."

Rotana was enrolled at George Mason University in Fairfax, but left in the spring.

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