Two sisters whose decomposing bodies were found in a south-western Sydney apartment come from a well-connected Saudi Arabian family, sources say.
Asra Abdullah Alsehli, 24, and Amaal Abdullah Alsehli, 23, were found dead in their first-floor unit in Canterbury on June 7.
Their remains lay in separate bedrooms for a month before they were discovered by authorities who were trying to evict them for failing to pay rent.
The case has been shrouded in mystery from the beginning – police conducted three welfare checks on the sisters before they died, there were no signs of forced entry at the unit, no clear sings of injury, and the cause of death remains undetermined.
The revelation the dead women are the daughters of a ‘well-connected’ family in the Saudi Kingdom has further added to the intrigue.
The Consulate of Saudi Arabia in Sydney has offered its condolences to the family, which policy say are helping them with their investigation.
The Coroner has not released the bodies of the sisters to their family – although it is understood they could be buried in Sydney.
Pictured: Amaal Abdullah Alsehli, 23. Her body was found on June 7 in a Canterbury apartment
Pictured: Asra Abdullah Alsehli, 24. She and her sister were found dead in Sydney’s south-west under ‘suspicious’ circumstances
At a press conference on Wednesday, Detective Claudia Allcroft confirmed police know very little about the women and renewed an appeal for public information – anyone who saw the sisters in their final days has been urged to come forward.
While police told Daily Mail Australia in June that the toxicology tests had been fast-tracked, detectives said on Wednesday they were still waiting on the results.
Toxicology reports are normally processed within four to six weeks.
Detective Allcroft said she had ‘no reason’ to believe the Alsehli sisters fled their homeland, however sources suggest otherwise.
The women are believed to have left Saudi Arabia in 2017, when they were 18 and 19 years old.
Upon arrival in Australia, they contacted a refugee agency and lived under the radar on bridging visas for five years.
Daily Mail Australia posed a number of questions to NSW Police, but they would not provide comment.
Eight weeks’ on from the grisly discovery, the case is still plagued with mysteries and inconsistencies.
The bodies of the two women were found in a Canterbury apartment block (pictured) after they failed to pay rent for several weeks and mail piled up
A black BMW coupe covered in dust was removed from the garage of the apartment block the day after the bodies were found
– May have fled Saudi Arabia as teens.
– Had access to money and drove a BMW.
– Both had Australian business names, but police can’t confirm what they did for work.
– Filed an AVO, and then withdrew it.
– BMW was keyed.
– Three police welfare checks.
– Stopped paying rent.
– Bodies found a month after they died.
– Cause of death unknown.
Their deaths have been reported in Middle Eastern publications, but they shed no light as to what the women were doing in Australia, or how they died.
Detective Allcroft would not release details about the women’s visa status on Wednesday, but she did say officers were in touch with the family – who instructed the consulate to act on their behalf.
While the details of the Alsehli sisters’ lives in Saudi Arabia have not yet been pieced together, what is known about their time in Australia begs more questions than answers.
Both women registered ABNs in 2018 for sole trading to a Wetherill Park address, in Sydney’s West, but police still can’t confirm what they did for work.
They also drove a black BMW coupe which normally costs upwards of $38,000, and lived in a modern, two-bedroom $490-per-week apartment.
In 2018, Asra filed an AVO against a 28-year-old man, but the matter was withdrawn in court the following year and the details of the application are unknown.
The sisters’ car was also keyed in late 2021, but is unknown whether it was a coincidence or whoever damaged their property had malicious intent.
Daily Mail Australia understands the two girls fled Saudi Arabia in 2017. Police are pictured at the apartment block on June 8
Forensic police scoured the unit (pictured) in the wake of the grisly discovery
The women regularly went to the local service station for coffee and energy drinks with workers describing them as ‘cheerful’ – but they noted the pair would only respond to questions, never starting a conversation.
There were also three welfare checks carried out by police in the months before the girls were finally discovered in separate beds of their first-floor Canterbury unit as mail piled up outside their door.
Police believe the women died in May – around the time they stopped paying rent.
As detectives struggle to find out what the women were doing in Australia, police on Wednesday released their photos for the first time.
It is hoped the images may trigger the memories of members of the public who may have seen the young women’s faces or had any involvement in their lives.
‘We hope that someone may be able to assist our investigators,’ Detective Allcroft said.
‘Either through sightings, or those who knew the sisters and may have some information on their movements prior to their death.’
‘MURDER’ MYSTERY TIMELINE
2017: Asra Abdullah Alsehli, 24, and Amaal Abdullah Alsehli, 23, are believed to have fled Saudi Arabia.
2019: Asra took an AVO out against a man, but it was later dismissed.
2020: They frequently visited a service station around their flat, with locals describing them as ‘friendly’.
2022: Police conducted two welfare checks early in the year.
In one of the checks, the pair were described as ‘timid’ and refused to let anyone enter the apartment.
They eventually allowed officers to enter, but stayed huddled together in the far corner of the unit.
May, 2022: The owner of their Canterbury unit filed a civil case against Asra on May 13.
That action was taken four weeks after sheriff’s officers went to the apartment to serve the women with an eviction notice.
June 7, 2022: Officers conducting a welfare check made the grisly discovery.
There was no sign of forced entry.
Police believe the sisters died in May, but have not been able to determine a cause of death.