Major update in mystery case of two decomposing sisters found in flat as cops baffled by 'suspicious' deaths | The Sun

POLICE have been left baffled by the "suspicious" deaths of two sisters found decomposing in their flat.

Asra Abdullah Alsehli, 24 and Amaal Abdullah Alsehli, 23, were found dead in their beds in separate rooms of their Sydney apartment on June 7.

But over a month on, the circumstances surrounding their deaths remain a mystery to investigators – forcing them to reveal their names in a bid to boost the probe.

The sisters, from Saudi Arabia, were only discovered when the building manager became concerned after their mail began to pile up.

The pair had also failed to pay rent on their Canterbury apartment for four weeks, prompting cops to make a welfare call.

Asra and Amaal were found in a "somewhat decomposed" state and are believed to have been dead for quite "some time".

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Even though there were no signs of forced entry and no signs of injury, cops are treating the deaths of the sisters as "suspicious".

The bizarre case has raised even more questions as it has emerged the two women had reportedly fled their home country as teens.

They arrived in Australia in 2017 and were reportedly assisted by a refugee service that helps those seeking asylum.

No cause of death has yet been identified and cops are still awaiting the results of toxicology reports.

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Police made a fresh appeal for information on Asra and Amaal, as there is still little known about the women who "seemed to keep to themselves".

Det Insp Claudia Allcroft said at a press conference on Wednesday: "We’re appealing for information because we don’t know a lot about the girls.

"Our investigation is ongoing, and in consultation with the coroner, we have decided to release their names and have appealed for information.

"The girls were 23 and 24 years old and died together in their home.

"We don’t know the cause of death, and it’s unusual because of their age and the nature of the matter.


"The Burwood community is a small and close community, and we hope that someone may be able to assist our investigators – either through sightings, or those who knew the sisters and may have some information on their movements prior to their death."

The force admitted they had spoken to just two people who knew Asra and Amaal.

It is understood that one of the sisters owned a business, although police did not elaborate.

Sources told Daily Mail Australia the duo had little contact with their family back home, leaving cops struggling to locate their relatives.

But Allcroft said there was "nothing to suggest" their family, who have instructed the Saudi consulate to act on their behalf, had any involvement.

Additionally, it has emerged that Asra had taken out an AVO against a 28-year-old man in January 2019 which was later withdrawn and dismissed.

Before the bodies were discovered, there had been two prior welfare checks on the sisters.


During one check, the women were described as "timid" and refused to let anyone enter the flat.

A source said: "They were standoffish and didn't really want to talk.

"Something felt off, but they said they were ok. What more could anyone do?"

The first welfare check was reportedly conducted in March, with officers leaving after the women insisted they were fine.

The source said the pair spoke English "relatively well" – but they were withdrawn and kept to themselves.

Two months after the welfare checks, their rent stopped being paid and their mail started piling up at the door before they were found dead.

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The mysterious case is still before the coroner with police waiting on the report.

Anyone who has any information is urged to contact Burwood police station on (02) 9745 8499 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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