Ex-boyfriend arrested in connection to Valerie Reyes's death

Blanche Robertson
February 13, 2019

Police in New Rochelle, NY have announced that Valerie Reyes' ex-boyfriend Javier da Silva has been arrested in connection with her death.

A reward is now being offered in the murder mystery involving a New Rochelle woman found dead in Greenwich. Then on February 5, a red suitcase in the Town of Greenwich was found by a public works employee who, on unzipping the suitcase, discovered the body of Reyes inside.

In a statement released on Tuesday, Greenwich police said Da Silva was taken into custody for allegedly using a debit card belonging to Reyes.

"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". He said da Silva's arrest was a "huge surprise" and that Reyes did not speak of him recently.

He's charged with committing a "gruesome kidnapping" that resulted in the death of 24-year-old Valerie Reyes, U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said in a statement.

Remarkably, the victim's mother Norma Sanchez said that she had a conversation with her daughter the night before she disappeared.

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, mummy. I'm getting anxiety attacks.' She was having a hard time talking".

The suitcase was found on the side of a road in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Connecticut-based news journalist John Craven reported Da Silva admitted to his role in Reyes' death, telling investigators the pair had sex before "she fell to the floor and hit her head".

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Reyes had worked at a Barnes & Noble store in Eastchester, New York, since it opened 2 ½ years ago, according to the bookstore chain.

Sanchez says she desperately tried to pry for more information, but her daughter refused to specify why she felt that way.

'I'm anxious someone is going to murder me, ' Reyes then allegedly blurted out.

"I asked about her ex-boyfriend".

Police believe she was killed elsewhere and dumped in Greenwich, 24km from her home in New Rochelle. "Was there someone at your house?' Reyes" mother said.

Reyes was fully clothed when she was found.

"My daughter was a good soul", she said.

On Thursday a candlelit vigil was held in Reyes' memory and on Tuesday a service is scheduled in New Rochelle.

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