Body found inside orange suitcase in Connecticut has been identified as 24-year-old Valerie Reyes, of New Rochelle, New York. The suitcase was dumped on the side of a road in Greenwich on Tuesday morning
A body found stuffed inside a suitcase abandoned on the side of the road in a wealthy Connecticut neighborhood has been identified as a 24-year-old woman who was reported missing last week in New Rochelle, New York.
Valerie Reyes was confirmed to be the victim by the State of Connecticut Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, according to a Thursday press release from the Greenwich Police Department.
Reyes was last seen walking to the train station in New Rochelle on the morning of January 29, one week before her body was discovered bound at the hands and feet in a suitcase off of Glenville Road on Tuesday.
Authorities have informed the victim’s family that a murder investigation is underway.
The reddish-orange suitcase containing Reyes’ body was discovered by highway workers in Greenwich around 8.15am Feb 5,, one week after the Reyes was last seen on Jan 29
‘The Greenwich Police Department is dedicated to identifying those responsible for the death of Valerie and ensuring justice for her and her family,’ the press release said.
‘We continue to work with New Rochelle Police and other law enforcement agencies at multiple levels and have engaged a variety of resources to assist in the investigation.’
‘The cause of death has not yet been confirmed by the ME. Many pieces of possible physical evidence were collected and results from forensic analysis are pending.’
Police said they have received a large number of tips and are still urging the public to come forward with any information that may be relevant to the case.
Valerie Reyes [left], was last seen on the morning of January 29 and had been reported missing to the New Rochelle Police Department. Her family was notified by authorities after a medical examiner made a positive identification of the body.
The orange suitcase containing Reyes’ body was discovered by highway workers in Greenwich around 8.15am Tuesday, one week after the 24-year-old was last seen on January 29.
Reyes’s family members had last heard from her on Monday, Jan. 28, New Rochelle police said. She did not show up for work the next day, and she was reported missing on Wednesday, Jan. 30, police said.
Reyes took her iPhone, iPad, clothes and bed sheets, with her.
Friends and family members had begun posting pleas for information about Reyes’ whereabouts on Facebook on January 30, the day she was reported missing to the New Rochelle Police Department.
The New York Police Department’s Midtown North precinct tweeted on Jan. 31 that Reyes was missing.
The NYPD shared a missing person poster on January 31 with a photo of Reyes and the words: ‘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.’
According to The Journal News she disappeared.
Authorities have said they will be conducting a long, thorough investigation into the murder, with the help of the Chief State’s Attorney’s Office.
The state’s chief medical examiner, which is performing the autopsy, was on the scene for several hours on Tuesday surveying the body and the immediate surroundings, as seen in footage from NBC News.
Officers are interviewing local residents and have asked for video footage from nearby security systems that may have captured relevant information.
Police are unsure of where Reyes was killed but said they had reason to believe she was murdered elsewhere and dumped at the site, which is about four miles from I-95.
Berry said investigators were in communication with law enforcement agencies across state lines in New York and across the rest of Connecticut, which is standard procedure given Greenwich’s proximity to the state’s border.
Investigators spent hours on the scene at Glenville Road (above). The murder is believed to have taken place out of town, according to authorities