Authorities have positively identified the victim of an apparent homicide who was found stuffed in a suitcase in Greenwich, Connecticut, Tuesday morning.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, highway workers found a suitcase with a woman’s body inside of it, bound at the hands and feet, in the affluent Connecticut town about an hour from New York City. Police said in a news conference Tuesday afternoon that they had leads on a possible ID, and an autopsy scheduled for Wednesday was expected to aid in identifying the victim.
On Thursday, according to Greenwich Time, Greenwich police released a statement identifying the victim as Valerie Reyes, 24, of New Rochelle, New York, which is about 13 miles form Greenwich.
According to the report, Reyes was last seen on January 29, and her family reported her missing to the New Rochelle Police Department the next day. Her disappearance was the subject of a Facebook post shared on January 30, and the NYPD shared a missing persons flyer on January 31.
#MissingPerson Have you seen VALERIE REYES? 5' 3", black hair, brown eyes, 1/2 sleeve tattoo on left arm. Last seen wearing a green coat, black jeans, and black shoes. Suffers from anxiety and depression. pic.twitter.com/vxvXi40fiV
— NYPD Midtown North (@NYPDMTN) January 31, 2019
“The victim has been identified, with the assistance of the State of Connecticut Office of the Chief Medical Examiner,” Greenwich Police Captain Robert Berry said in the statement. “Her family was advised of the positive identification (Wednesday) night. They are obviously devastated by the loss of Valerie and our heartfelt condolences go out to them.”
The police chief vowed in the statement to bring Reyes’ killer to justice, although the medical examiner has not yet determined the cause of death.
This a developing story. CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.
[Feature image: Valerie Reyes/Facebook]