Police Have Announced an Arrest in Suitcase Murder of Valerie Reyes

Valerie Reyes

An arrest has been made been made in the slaying of a 24-year-old woman whose body was found stuffed inside a suitcase in a wooded area in CT, police said Tuesday.

A man named Javier da Silva, of Flushing, Queens, reportedly has confessed to the murder of a young Westchester County, New York, woman named Valerie Reyes, who was 24, according to reports on Tuesday.

Javier Enrique Da Silva Rojas was detained Tuesday in the death of Valerie Reyes after a federal court appearance in White Plains, New York.

'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, ' the police statement said. "Additional information on the suspect and charges will be released by the New Rochelle Police Department", he said late Tuesday morning. When Sanchez asked Reyes if someone had threatened her - and asked about her ex - Reyes said "no", Sanchez told WABC.

Police said they have examined hundreds of hours of surveillance footage in the case and interviewed several potential witnesses. "I'm paranoid, mommy. I'm getting anxiety attacks'".

Greenwich sits along the New York-Connecticut state border. "And she said, "No", Norma said, referring to her daughter's former partner who it's believed she separated from on January 24.

Capt. Robert Berry says investigators "zeroed in" on DeSilva after he allegedly used Reyes' ATM card to withdraw cash multiple times after her death.


She asked about her daughter's ex-boyfriend but still Reyes told her mother "no, it wasn't him".

According to the New York Police Department, Reyes suffered from depression and anxiety. He said Reyes wasn't afraid of da Silva.

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".

Police said previously that Reyes did not die at the location where she was found, but they did not know where she was killed.

The official cause of Reyes' death has not been confirmed as the autopsy is pending.

A wake for Reyes is scheduled for this afternoon and evening at the Lloyd Maxie and Sons Funeral Home in New Rochelle.

"My daughter was a good soul", she said.

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