It's not unusual for bodies to wash up in the Hudson River, but what police in New York found Wednesday was exceptionally disturbing: The bodies of two young women who had been bound together with duct tape. A passer-by alerted police to the bodies, which were found on the banks of the river on Manhattan's Upper West Side. A police source tells ABC7 that the women were bound together facing each other, with tape around their waists and feet. They were fully clothed and there were no obvious signs of trauma. Police believe the women were in their late teens or early 20s.
Witness Martin Castillo tells the New York Daily News that he saw the bodies from a riverside bike path. "The police were coming down and I followed them," Castillo says. "The bodies were on the stones. One of them was facing up. She was a woman. I couldn't believe it. I can't see how this happened." A police source tells the Daily News that investigators suspect the women died in a suicide pact. Police have not revealed the identities of the women, whose cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner. (Last year, America's first female Muslim judge was found dead in the river.)