Investigation continuing in Reyes homicide case

February 8, 2019

GREENWICH — No new information about the murder investigation of Valerie Reyes was being released by authorities Friday.

Police said a number of different avenues were being explored, including evidence collected at the scene on Glenville Road where Reyes’ body was discovered inside a large suitcase.

“Many pieces of possible physical evidence were collected and results from forensic analysis are pending,” Lt. John Slusarz wrote in a release.

Reyes, 24, of New Rochelle, went missing in late January, triggering a search by police in New Rochelle and New York City, before her body was found on Tuesday by a town worker.

The State Medical Examiner did not disclose the cause of death, following an autopsy on Wednesday.

“Due to the circumstances and pending further investigation, the results will not be available to the public for another six to eight weeks,” a spokesman said Friday.

Family members have said Reyes was in a state of anxiety the week before her body was found in Greenwich.

Reyes, a bookstore employee, was from a tight-knit family of Mexican origin, and her death sent shock waves through her extended group of family and friends. They said she was a hard worker who was not involved with drugs or other risky behavior.

A family friend, Ely Salvador, said at the prayer vigil for Reyes in New Rochelle that she was “a young woman with laughter.” Hundreds of people came to pay their respects at the seaside park on Thursday evening, offering prayers in Spanish. The family is of Mexican descent, and there is a large Hispanic population in New Rochelle.

Norma Sanchez, her mother, told Univision this week that her daughter was troubled after a personal relationship ended. “She had a lot of panic, a lot of fear in her single apartment, after breaking up with her boyfriend,” she said. “I said, stay with me. But she said, ‘no mama,’ I’m okay.”

A New Rochelle woman, Melissa Nicole, has started a Facebook site to highlight the murder investigation.

“All of us women can connect and come together to support Valerie, support her family, friends, each other. This is another terrible tragedy to have happened in our cruel world, and we, like thousands of others are searching for the horrible people that could’ve done something so heinous to bring justice to others,” she wrote.

A memorial fund has been established for Reyes and burial expenses.

Reyes was last seen on Jan. 29. Her family reported her missing the next day, when she did not show up for work at Barnes & Noble in Eastchester, N.Y.

Police in Greenwich are leading the investigation, in cooperation with authorities in New Rochelle.

With Staff Reporter Hannah Dellinger


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