NY murder: Venezuela man arrested after woman found in suitcase

Valerie Reyes

Authorities were led to de Silva when he fraudulently used Reyes' ATM card to withdraw money from a machine.

Sources said the murder suspect is originally from Venezuela and has been in this country illegally ever since overstaying his visa.

During questioning, DeSilva allegedly "admitted his role" in murdering Reyes, he said. He was the victim's ex-boyfriend and was arrested in Queens.

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.

New York State Crime Stoppers is offering up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever's responsible for the death of Valerie 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".

Police say an arrest has been made in the slaying of a 24-year-old woman whose body was found stuffed inside a suitcase in CT.

He was described as being cooperative during his interview.

Investigators "saw continued ATM activity and that's what zeroed us in", Berry said.

The ex-boyfriend of the NY woman whose body was found inside a suitcase in CT is held without bail on a charge carrying a potential death penalty.

Valerie Reyes, 24, has been found dead in CT after being reported missing in New Rochelle, police say. Sanchez said the family isn't sure why she traveled to the city and it now appears that the card was actually used by Silva.

"She didn't mention anything". She just said, 'I'm scared. "I'm paranoid, mommy. I'm getting anxiety attacks.' She was having a hard time talking". "And she said, 'No, '" Sanchez said, according to the Journal News.

Reyes, who worked at a Barnes & Noble in Eastchester, N.Y., planned to train to become a tattoo artist and liked to sing. "I just feel so blessed, overwhelmed". "Was there someone at your house?' Reyes" mother said.

Valerie's mother Norma last week told reporters she could not move past the conversation she had with her daughter the night before she went missing.

"I'm afraid someone is going to murder me", she recalled her daughter saying.

Reyes was seen for the last time on January 29 and was found days later in a suitcase on the side of a Greenwich, Connecticut road.

William F. Sweeney Jr., head of the FBI's NY office, said federal authorities teamed with police in Greenwich and New Rochelle to "swiftly identify Javier Da Silva, an alleged murderer, and place him behind bars". The Connecticut Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has not released a cause of death.

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