Mystery deepens as sisters found dead in Sydney flat identified

Two sisters who were found dead in a southwest Sydney flat last month have been formally identified as police continue to hunt for more information about their suspicious deaths.

The bodies of Asra Abdullah Alsehli, 24, and Amaal Abdullah Alsehli, 23, were discovered at the unit on Canterbury Road on June 7 after the building manager noticed mail piling up outside their door.

Officers previously said that the sisters’ bodies, which were found in separate bedrooms, had no obvious signs of injury but had been in the flat for “some time”.

Sisters Amaal Abdullah Alsehli, 23, and Asra Abdullah Alsehli, 24.
Sisters Amaal Abdullah Alsehli, 23, and Asra Abdullah Alsehli, 24, were found dead in their Canterbury unit in June. Source: NSW Police

There was also no sign of forced entry into the property.

On Wednesday, NSW Police renewed their calls for help from the public and admitted that “despite extensive inquiries, detectives have been unable to ascertain how the women died”.

Strike Force Woolbird has been established to investigate the circumstances surrounding the women’s deaths.

Sisters have been dead since early May

Detective Inspector Claudia Allcroft, Crime Manager of Burwood Local Area Command, said in a statement that any piece of information could hold the key to solving the investigation.

“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,” she said.

“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.

Police enter the apartment building where the sisters' bodies were found.
The women's bodies had been in the apartment since May, police said. Source: 7News

“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,” Det Insp Allcroft said.

Last month, Det Insp Allcroft revealed there was no “obvious” sign of forced entry into the sisters’ property, which was declared a crime scene.

“It is a very tragic scene when we go to any deceased persons let alone two sisters who are deceased and unfortunately at this stage we don’t know why,” she said at the time.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police or Crime stoppers.

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