Police release sketches of two women found dead, bound together with duct tape in Hudson River
The New York Police Department is seeking the public's help in identifying two women who were found dead in the Hudson River on Wednesday, New York Daily News reports.
The victims, who are both believed to be in their mid-twenties to early thirties, were spotted on rocks near the river's edge around 68th Street and Riverside Park by Martin Castillo, 40, who alerted authorities.
"The bodies were on the stones. One of them was facing up. She was a woman," Castillo told the outlet. "I couldn't believe it. I can't see how this happened."
Both women are described as between 5 foot 3 and 5 foot 6 inches tall with medium builds, medium skin tones and shoulder length dark curly hair. They were last seen wearing black jackets with fur trim and black leggings.
The NYPD believes that the bodies, which were bound together by duct tape at the waist, washed onto the rocks with the tide.
A police source told New York Daily News that there are no visible signs of trauma and that their deaths appear to be part of a "suicide pact."
The victims were taken to the New York City medical examiner’s office to determine their exact cause of death.
Anyone with information related to the case is urged to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).