A highway worker who discovered the body of a 24-year-old homicide victim has been placed on leave from his job amid accusations that he took a photo of the young woman’s body that was found stuffed in a suitcase in Greenwich, Connecticut, on Tuesday.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, the worker found the suitcase with a body inside, bound at the hands and feet, on Tuesday morning around 8:30 in the wealthy Connecticut town about an hour from New York City. On Thursday, Greenwich Police released a statement confirming the identity of the victim: Valerie Reyes, 24, of New Rochelle, who had been reported missing less than a week before her body was found. Investigators have not yet determined a cause of death or identified any suspects.
Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei confirmed to Greenwich Time that the town worker who found and, presumably, opened the suitcase took “unauthorized” photos of the crime scene and the victim. The unidentified town worker has reportedly been placed on leave, and it is not known at this time if he will be facing any criminal charges.
“The victim was a daughter, a sister and a cousin of a family who is suffering a tremendous loss at this time,” Tessi told the newspaper. “This thoughtless and insensitive behavior by an employee is inexcusable.”
Another report in Greenwich Time indicated that the worker may have shared the photos of the victim. A neighbor of Reyes, Brenda DeGiacomo, spoke to the newspaper about the shocking murder, describing Reyes as “the sweetest most gentle girl.”
“And then to find out someone took pictures of her?” DeGiacomo continued. “That disgusting … Her family didn’t even get to identify her yet, and you’re taking pictures and sending them out? This is not a joke. It’s someone’s life.”
A reporter for Greenwich Time told CrimeOnline they did not yet have a name for the worker and would be reporting further on the possibility of criminal charges.