Ex-boyfriend held in death of woman in suitcase

Lamar Ellis
February 13, 2019

Police say a suspect was arrested in the slaying of a woman who was found dead in a suitcase in Greenwich, an affluent community in CT.

She was last seen on January 29 and was later reported missing to the New Rochelle Police.

Cops arrested Javier de Silva, of Queens, on Monday night, a week after the grisly murder of 24-year-old Valerie Reyes.

Reyes' body was found inside a suitcase last Tuesday along a road in Greenwich, Connecticut, according to police, who said her hands and feet were bound.

"We are confident that the pursuit of justice for Valerie will be successful and we continue to work with the family to provide closure to this tragedy, " Berry said in a written statement.

Police in Greenwich said Tuesday they believe the suspect was involved in Reyes' death.

'She was very scared, very frightened, ' Sanchez told The Journal News.

Greenwich officials said that authorities examined multiple crime scenes, conducted numerous interviews, analyzed social media posts, and watched hundreds of hours of surveillance footage in the investigation. "I'm paranoid, mommy. I'm getting anxiety attacks.' She was having a hard time talking".

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of NY is handling the case.

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Investigators "saw continued ATM activity and that's what zeroed us in", Berry said.

Reyes, a Barnes & Noble store clerk, had broken up with her boyfriend five days earlier, according to Sanchez. I kept praying that she would tell me, she would give me hints, a name or something ...

"I asked her, 'Why do you feel this way?"

Sanchez said that she tried to pinpoint the source of her daughter's anxiety but failed. He said Reyes wasn't afraid of da Silva.

"We are, of course, devastated for my daughter's death, but I'm just beyond grateful that they found her murderer", her mother told reporters.

Highway workers found her body in a wooded section of Greenwich, about 10 miles from New Rochelle.

Autopsy results from the Connecticut Office of the Chief Medical Examiner are still pending.

Police said tips have been pouring in with leads in her horrific and sudden slaying. Those items included an iPhone, an iPad, her wallet, several items of clothing and bedsheets.

DeSilva is scheduled to make an initial court appearance in a federal court in NY on Tuesday.

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