Police Have Announced an Arrest in Suitcase Murder of Valerie Reyes

Nellie Chapman
February 13, 2019

The 24-year-old New Rochelle woman was last seen on January 29 and was reported missing the next day after she did not show up for work. He said, "Every suitcase body I ever had they were known to each other, with the exception of the Mafia", calling it an "interpersonal type" of killing.

Authorities said Da Silva used Reye's debit card to withdraw about $1,000 from a bank in New Rochelle on the morning she went missing, according to court documents.

The dual-citizenship-holding Queens man charged Tuesday with kidnapping Valerie Reyes - found dead and stuffed in a suitcase along a CT road last week - asked the court to notify the Portuguese consulate of his arrest, but not the embassy of strife-rocked Venezuela. "I'm paranoid. I'm getting anxiety attacks".

Afterwards, he said he put packing tape over her mouth, bound her legs and hands and put her in a suitcase he later put in his vehicle.

The suspect was arrested in NY by New Rochelle police detectives.

CBS New York reports that the suspect is originally from Venezuela but had remained in the US illegally since the expiration of his visa. "I was praying her family would have her back", said Brenda DeGiacomo.

The arrested person "is also believed to be involved in the death of Valerie", Greenwich police said. He was the victim's ex-boyfriend and was arrested in Queens.

Police said they have examined hundreds of hours of surveillance footage in the case and interviewed several potential witnesses.

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Said Sanchez: "We wonder, 'Who made her feel this way?'" Greenwich police said in a statement.

Aiello spoke with Reyes' mother, Norma Sanchez, earlier on Tuesday.

Reyes had worked at a Barnes & Noble store in Eastchester, New York, since it opened two-and-a-half years ago, according to the bookstore chain.

Her body was discovered six days later in a red suitcase on the side of a road in a wooded area of wealthy neighborhood Greenwich, Connecticut.

"I'm afraid someone is going to murder me", she recalled her daughter saying. The Connecticut Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has not released a cause of death.

Police said tips have been pouring in with leads in her horrific and sudden slaying.

A wake for Reyes is scheduled for this afternoon and evening at the Lloyd Maxie and Sons Funeral Home in New Rochelle.

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