Arrest made after woman’s body found in suitcase in Greenwich


An arrest was made Tuesday after a 24-year-old woman’s body was found in a suitcase on the side of a Greenwich roadway last week. 

Police say that detectives from New Rochelle Police, along with Greenwich detectives, arrested a suspect in New York, who fraudulently used the ATM card of Valerie Reyes. The suspect has been identified as 24-year-old Javier DeSilva, of Queens, New York.

Officers said DeSilva made admissions in the death, including that it occurred in New Rochelle. DeSilva  is expected to be charged with federal crimes and prosecuted by the Southern District of New York.

Related: Greenwich police identify woman found dead in suitcase, autopsy results inconclusive

On February 5th, at around 8:23 a.m., Reyes’ body was found in a red suitcase just off the east shoulder of Glenville Road. Her hands and feet were bound. 

Police are investigating her death as a homicide

Related: Police continue probe into body found in suitcase

Reyes had been reported missing to New Rochelle police after she was last seen at around 9 a.m. on January 29th.

In an interview, her mother said that her daughter told her she has been fearing for her life.

Autopsy results from the Connecticut Office of the Chief Medical Examiner are pending. 

Related: PD: Greenwich homicide victim was bound at hands and feet inside suitcase

Greenwich police continue to ask that anyone with information regarding Reyes and/or her disappearance, to contact them at the Greenwich Police Tip Line at (203) 622-3333 or

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