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Police: Sisters from Fairfax committed suicide, according to NY medical examiner

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Two Fairfax County sisters who were found dead in the New York Hudson River committed suicide, according to the New York medical examiner's office.

Authorities identified the sisters as 22-year-old Rotana Farea and 16-year-old Tala Farea, both of Fairfax, Virginia. The sisters were reported missing in Fairfax on Sept. 12, but eventually were found dead in October.

Both sisters were born in Saudi Arabia.

Police say the victims' feet and waists were duct taped together and they were facing one another. Investigators also state that they believe the sisters entered the water from the George Washington Bridge.

On Tuesday, Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Barbara Sampson released the following statement in regards to the sisters' deaths:

Today, my office determined that the death of the Farea sisters was the result of suicide, in which the young women bound themselves together before descending into the Hudson River.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children posted on its website that Tala Farea had been missing since Aug. 24 and she could be with her sister. The page on the website has since been taken down.

Police say that credit card records show 16-year-old Tala Farea and 23-year-old Rotana Farea first stopped in Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia.

Tala attended Fairfax High School for part of the 2017-2018 school year. Rotana had been a student at George Mason University and left in the spring.

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