Missing NY woman ID’d as Greenwich suitcase murder victim
GREENWICH — Police have identified the woman whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase on the side of a road in Greenwich, according to a statement released Thursday morning.
The victim is Valerie Reyes, 24, of New Rochelle, N.Y., according to Greenwich Police Captain Robert Berry. She had been reported missing to the New Rochelle Police Department and was last seen on Jan. 29 at about 9 a.m. Her body was found Tuesday morning off Glenville Road.
“The victim has been identified, with the assistance of the State of Connecticut Office of the Chief Medical Examiner,” 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 Greenwich Police Department is dedicated to identifying those responsible for the death of Valerie and ensuring justice for her and her family,” he 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 medical examiner, Berry said. “Many pieces of possible physical evidence were collected and results from forensic analysis are pending,” he said.
Her body was found at about 8:23 a.m. Tuesday off the east shoulder of Glenville Road, just north of Stillman Lane by a town worker, police said. She was found at the scene inside a suitcase with her hands and feet bound.
Police have received a multitude of tips about this homicide, Berry said. Police are asking the public for any information they might have about Reyes and/or her disappearance. Information may be left at the Greenwich Police Tip Line at 203-622-3333 and email at Tips@greenwichct.org.
The discovery shocked the quiet neighborhood of Glenville, and the case made headlines across the nation. In town, the violent crime brought back memories of the 1975 murder of teenager Martha Moxley, and it was a grim reminder of the dangers that many women face.
Police said they did not know where the homicide happened, but said it did not occur in the spot where the body was found.
The homicide investigation was causing shock and unease in the Glenville community. Local residents said it was hard to believe that a quiet corner of Greenwich was associated with a grisly crime scene.
“It’s unnerving,” said Anthony Zaccagnino, who manages the Shell station in Glenville. “Not something that usually happens around here. And sad to hear.” The gas station is near the spot where the body was found, and police set up roadblocks there on Tuesday during the lengthy investigation.
The area where the body was found is out of sight from nearby residences, in a small depression on the east side of Glenville Road near Stillman Lane. It is near a small area adjoining the road where a car could park.
This story will be updated.