Bodies found bound together in Hudson River identified as missing teen girl and her sister

Police have identified the bodies of two young females found bound together in the Hudson River along Manhattan’s Upper West Side this week.

Citing NYPD sources, ABC News reports that authorities have identified the bodies as Tala Farea, 16, and Rotana Farea, 22, two sisters from Fairfax, Virginia. 

Tala Farea had been reported missing on August 24, law enforcement sources told CNN.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, the bodies were found on Wednesday afternoon near Riverside Park in Manhattan. They appeared to be bound together with duct tape at the ankles, and may also have been bound at the waist.

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Earlier this week, authorities had reportedly theorized that the two women, who appeared to share a striking physical resemblance in police sketches, may have been lovers who took their own life in a suicide pact. They had previously estimated their ages to be 25 to 30 years old.

Since the bodies have been identified, authorities still believe the teen and the young woman may have taken their own lives, ABC News reports. A police source told the news outlet that the sisters may have taped their bodies together before jumping to their deaths. There were no visible signs of trauma.

A medical examiner is still working to determine the cause of death.

CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.

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