Police ID body of woman found bound in suitcase in Greenwich woods

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GREENWICH -
Police have identified the body found bound and stuffed inside of a suitcase as a missing New Rochelle woman.
 
Valerie Reyes, 24, of New Rochelle, New York, was found Tuesday off the east shoulder of Glenville Road, just north of Stillman Lane in Greenwich. Police say a highway worker for the town of Greenwich first discovered Reyes who was found stuffed inside a suitcase with her arms and legs bound behind her back. 
 
"When we heard about the suitcase, I was praying it wasn't her," says Brenda DeGiacomo, Reyes' neighbor. "She was the sweetest girl you could meet, and to see what happened to her is disgusting."
 
Reyes had been reported missing to the New Rochelle Police Department and was last seen on Jan. 29 at about 9 a.m. The stretch of woods where she was found is about 15 miles from where Reyes lived on Colonial Place in New Rochelle.
 
New Rochelle police say her family positively identified her body Wednesday night.
 
 
Police in Connecticut say they are working with the New Rochelle Police Department and other law enforcement agencies at multiple levels and have engaged a variety of resources to assist in the investigation.
 
The cause of her death has not yet been determined by a medical examiner. Greenwich police say Reyes was not killed where she was found.
 
Police say many pieces of possible physical evidence were collected, and results from forensic analysis are pending.
 
"Everyone needs answers. We need to know where this happened, why'd you do it? How can you hurt someone who has no bad bone in her body?" says DeGiacomo. 
 
Reyes was an employee of the Barnes & Noble just over the Eastchester border. Barnes and Noble employees released a statement Thursday saying "The entire Barnes & Noble community is grieving the loss of our beloved employee Valerie Reyes. She worked in our Barnes & Noble Eastchester store since it opened two-and-a-half years ago. Our hearts go out to her family, friends, and coworkers during this difficult time."
 
The town has also placed a Department of Public Works employee on paid leave pending an investigation into their actions at the crime scene. Those alleged actions include taking pictures of the victim and the crime scene.
 
First Selectman Peter J. Tesei said in a statement, "The victim was a daughter, a sister and a cousin of a family who is suffering a tremendous loss at this time. This thoughtless and insensitive behavior by an employee is inexcusable. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Ms. Reyes' family."
 

Police ask anyone with information to contact the Greenwich Police Tip Line at (203) 622-3333 and email at  Tips@greenwichct.org

 

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