Isra al-Sahli, Amal al-Sahli Mystery: Harrowing images of Saudi sisters found dead in Canterbury

The first images have been released of two Saudi sisters who were found dead in ‘suspicious’ circumstances in Sydney’s south-west – as police appeal for help to solve the mystery.

The bodies of Isra Abdullah Al-Sahli, 24, and Amal Abdullah Al-Sahli, 23, were found on June 7 in their first-floor unit in Canterbury, south-west of Sydney.

Detective Claudia Allcroft said Wednesday that investigators believe the women died in early May — a month before their decomposing remains were discovered by officers during a welfare check. .

He said: ‘Detectives are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen or has information about the women’s movements in the days and weeks before their deaths.

Police are yet to determine the cause of death.

They are also unable to explain what the women did for work despite Asra having an ABN.

Photo: Amal Abdullah Al-Sahli, 23.  Her Body Was Found In An Apartment In Canterbury On June 7.

Photo: Amal Abdullah Al-Sahli, 23. Her body was found in an apartment in Canterbury on June 7.

Photo: Isra Abdullah Al-Sahli, 24.  She And Her Sister Were Found Dead In 'Suspicious' Circumstances In Sydney'S South-West

Photo: Isra Abdullah Al-Sahli, 24.  She And Her Sister Were Found Dead In 'Suspicious' Circumstances In Sydney'S South-West

Photo: Isra Abdullah Al-Sahli, 24. She and her sister were found dead in ‘suspicious’ circumstances in Sydney’s south-west

Detective Allcroft said: ‘We hope someone can help our investigators – either through sightings, or people who knew the sisters and anything about their movements before their deaths. Must have information.’

Amal and Asra were discovered in separate beds in their first-floor Canterbury unit on June 7 after they failed to pay rent for four weeks, and mail piled up outside their door.

During the initial investigation, police said their bodies had been there for ‘some time’, there were no obvious signs of injury, and there were no signs of forced entry.

OlxPraca Australia understands the siblings fled Saudi Arabia without their family in 2017 when they were aged 18 and 19.

He spent five years in the Refugee Service, which helps foreign nationals fleeing persecution and seeking asylum.

Sources previously told OlxPraca Australia that the sisters were not in regular contact with their relatives back home.

ISRA took out an AVO against a 28-year-old man in January 2019, but it was later withdrawn and dismissed.

The Bodies Of Both Women Were Found In A Canterbury Apartment Block (Pictured).

The Bodies Of Both Women Were Found In A Canterbury Apartment Block (Pictured).

The bodies of both women were found in a Canterbury apartment block (pictured).

In another court case, the owner of their Canterbury unit filed a civil suit against Asra on May 13 this year.

Landlords can issue statutory warning notices through the Civil Court before taking further action to evict tenants from the property.

The action came four weeks after sheriff’s officers went to serve the women at the apartment with eviction notices — accompanied by police — and made the gruesome revelation.

It is not clear what efforts the real estate company, Property Investors Alliance (PIA), which was managing the lease, made to contact Isra in the weeks before the sisters met.

PIA declined multiple requests for comment from OlxPraca Australia.

Daily Mail Australia Understands The Women Fled The Middle East To Seek Asylum In Australia In 2017.  He Was A Regular At A Petrol Station (Pictured) Near His Canterbury Unit.

Daily Mail Australia Understands The Women Fled The Middle East To Seek Asylum In Australia In 2017.  He Was A Regular At A Petrol Station (Pictured) Near His Canterbury Unit.

OlxPraca Australia understands the women fled the Middle East to seek asylum in Australia in 2017. He was a regular at a petrol station (pictured) near his Canterbury unit.

Police Are Pictured At The Apartment Block On June 8.

Police Are Pictured At The Apartment Block On June 8.

Police are pictured at the apartment block on June 8.

Forensics Examined The Unit (Pictured) In The Wake Of The Grim Discovery.

Forensics Examined The Unit (Pictured) In The Wake Of The Grim Discovery.

Forensics examined the unit (pictured) in the wake of the grim discovery.

Despite their traumatic pasts, locals said the women were friendly with their neighbors.

Staff at a nearby service station said the women started coming in 2020, just before the Covid pandemic, and were regulars until May when they stopped passing through.

He described the pair – one blonde and the other dyed blonde – as ‘quiet’ but ‘very friendly’, and said they would only answer questions.

A female attendant said the sisters went to the shop to buy drinks during the day, but were only seen at night filling up their black BMW coupe with petrol.

‘A girl used to come to buy iced coffee and sometimes V [energy drink]. ‘Sometimes two or three times a day,’ said a female attendant.

‘I never served his sister but I would see them walking down the street together. When I found out what happened to them, I was very shocked and worried.

A Black Bmw Coupe Covered In Dust Was Removed From The Garage Of The Apartment Block.

A Black Bmw Coupe Covered In Dust Was Removed From The Garage Of The Apartment Block.

A black BMW coupe covered in dust was removed from the garage of the apartment block.

‘She was very friendly. Whenever she would come in and I would talk to her, she would smile. She never looked sad.’

The Department of Home Affairs would not confirm whether the women were seeking asylum in Australia.

A spokesman said the ‘department does not comment on individual cases’.

OlxPraca Australia also contacted the Consulate General of Saudi Arabia for comment.

In 2019, a Four Corners report revealed that around 80 Saudi Arabian women had sought asylum in Australia in recent years.

The investigation found that many of them were fleeing Saudi Arabia’s male guardianship laws, which allow their husbands, fathers, brothers, uncles and sons to control their lives.

The reasons for the sisters leaving their homeland remain unclear and OlxPraca Australia does not suggest it was due to guardianship laws.

The latest revelations come after OlxPraca Australia revealed two premature welfare checks were carried out on the women, one by the police, in the months of their discovery.

Investigators Spent Days At The Scene With Forensic Teams At The Apartment Building.

Investigators Spent Days At The Scene With Forensic Teams At The Apartment Building.

Investigators spent days at the scene with forensic teams at the apartment building.

Detective Inspector Claudia Allcroft Said The Sisters' Deaths Appeared To Be Suspicious.

Detective Inspector Claudia Allcroft Said The Sisters' Deaths Appeared To Be Suspicious.

Detective Inspector Claudia Allcroft said the sisters’ deaths appeared to be suspicious.

In a check, the women, the couple, were described as ‘timid’ and refused to let anyone into the apartment.

But after a concerned party protested, the sisters finally let the check go, but spent it together in a far corner of the unit.

One sat down while the other cowered behind him as they answered simple questions about their well-being.

‘They were standing next to each other and didn’t really want to talk,’ a source said.

‘Something felt off, but he said he was fine. What more can one do?’

In a separate incident months earlier, the sisters’ black car – which was towed away from their apartment last week – was keyed.

Anyone with information that could assist detectives is urged to contact Broad Police Station or Crime Stoppers.

timeline

2017: Isra Abdullah al-Sahli, 24, and Amal Abdullah al-Sahli, 23, are understood to have fled Saudi Arabia to seek safe haven in Australia.

Started a conversation with a refugee agency that helps people fleeing persecution.

2019: Isra took out an AVO against one man, but it was later dismissed.

2020: He often visited a service station near his flat, described by the locals as ‘friendly’.

2022: Police conducted two welfare checks earlier in the year.

In a check, the couple was described as ‘timid’ and refused to let anyone into the apartment.

They eventually let the officers in, but sat together in the far corner of the unit.

May, 2022: gave The owner of their Canterbury unit filed a civil suit against Asra on May 13.

The action came four weeks after sheriff’s officers went to the women’s apartment to serve an eviction notice.

June 7, 2022: Welfare checking officers made this gruesome revelation.

There was no sign of forced entry.

Police believe the sisters died in May, but have not determined a cause of death.