Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Valerie Reyes, missing Westchester woman, identified as body found in suitcase

Valerie Reyes, missing Westchester woman, identified as body found in suitcase

The body was found in Greenwich on Tuesday, February 5 and authorities have identified it as the missing woman.

"Many pieces of possible physical evidence were collected and results from forensic analysis are pending", police said.

Reyes' cause of death has not been confirmed, Berry said. Reyes broke up with her girlfriend days before she went missing, her mother told ABC.

After notifying police that her daughter was missing, Sanchez learned from detectives in New Rochelle that on January 30, a day after Reyes vanished, a surveillance camera had recorded her at a Chase Bank branch near Radio City Music Hall in New York City at 6:30 a.m., the Times reports.

The company said she had worked at the store since it opened and that employees were grieving her loss: "The entire Barnes & Noble community is grieving the loss of our beloved employee Valerie Reyes", the company said.

Those close to Reyes, who worked at a Barnes & Noble in Eastchester, N.Y, with a goal to follow in her brother's footsteps as a tattoo artist, are tirelessly trying to figure out how Reyes' life came to such a grisly close - even hiring a private investigator to help retrace her last steps. On Jan. 31, the NYPD had tweeted her missing person poster.

"I really pray to God they find out who done this", DeGiacomo told the Greenwich Time.

Meanwhile, the Courant reported that an unidentified highway worker took photos of Reyes' body and the crime scene.

"The victim was a daughter, a sister and a cousin of a family who is suffering a tremendous loss at this time", Tesei said.

"The victim has been identified, with the assistance of the State of Connecticut Office of the Chief Medical Examiner", Berry said in the statement.

"To have done something like that shows a disregard for the decedent and their loved ones".

After the body was found, people who live and work nearby said they were nervous.

Another area resident connected the killing to the pervasive, societal issue of violence against women. "I'm a runner and I run outside, so it got me shaken up".

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

"My gut is it probably happened somewhere else, but these days, you never know", Scott Chiappetta, who works at a preschool in the neighborhood, told the Greenwich Time. "I worry about this all the time".

"Horrified. Absolutely horrified", said Bradford, 19. "It's not unbelievable, but it's shocking that it happened right here".

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