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Greenwich investigates whether DPW worker took photos of murder victim

February 7, 2019

GREENWICH, Conn. — Town officials are continuing to investigate a report that a worker who found the body of Valerie Reyes near Glenville Road Tuesday morning took photos of her remains and shared them with others.

The town Department of Public Works employee is on administrative leave pending the investigation. Officials said they would “take appropriate action” once the probe is completed.

The employee, reportedly a foreman in the department, was allegedly called to the scene by another town worker who discovered the body. Upon arrival, he allegedly then took photos of the homicide victim and the crime scene, and then disseminated them to others.

The Greenwich Police Department, which is continuing to investigate, identified the victim as Reyes, 24, of New Rochelle, N.Y. Her body was found inside a large suitcase with her hands and feet bound. She had been reported missing from New Rochelle and had last been seen Jan. 29.

First Selectman Peter Tesei issued a statement condemning the employee’s alleged actions Thursday.

“The victim was a daughter, a sister and a cousin of a family who is suffering a tremendous loss at this time,” Tesei said. “This thoughtless and insensitive behavior by an employee is inexcusable. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Ms. Reyes’ family.”

The Greenwich Police Department would not comment on whether the employee could face criminal charges.

The town said it was a pending personnel matter and would not comment further.

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