Police appeal to public following deaths of two young sisters in Sydney 

Police appeal to public following deaths of two young sisters in Sydney 


Police in NSW have launched an appeal to the public more than a month after the discovery of
two deceased women in a unit on Canterbury Road in Sydney. 

Asra Abdullah Alsehli, 24 and Amaal Abdullah Alsehli, 23, were sisters who arrived in the country from Saudi Arabia in 2017.

Their bodies were found by police on June 7 during a routine welfare check, after concerns were raised due to outstanding rent. Police found no evidence of a break-in, or any injuries to the bodies, and the deaths remain ‘suspicious’ as no cause of death has been found. 

Crime Manager of Burwood Local Area Command, Detective Inspector Claudia Allcroft, spoke to reporters on Wednesday, seeking information from the public.

“We don’t know the cause of death, and it’s unusual because of their age and the nature of the matter,” Inspector Allcroft said.

“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.

“Detectives are interested in speaking with anyone who may have seen or who may have information about the women’s movements in the days and weeks prior to their deaths – which we believe occurred in early May.”

Inspector Allcroft added that police are still waiting on results from the toxicology report. 

“Extensive inquiries have been made by Strike Force Woolbird detectives; however, we have been unable to determine the exact circumstances surrounding Asra and Amaal’s death.”

“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.”

“Police attended the location mid-March and spoke to the girls following a phone call from the building manager,” she added. “At that stage, there were no issues raised.”

“Food had been left out in the common areas, so [the building manager] contacted police because he was concerned for their welfare.”

Inspector Allcroft said the women’s family in Saudi Arabia have been assisting police with the investigation.

Members of the public with information are encouraged to contact Burwood Police Station, 9745 8499 or Crime Stoppers, 1800 333 000.

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