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Medical Examiner reveals cause of death of woman found in suitcase


The State Medical Examiner has confirmed the official cause of death of the 24-year-old woman who was murdered and found in a suitcase in Greenwich earlier this year. 

On February 5th, town workers in Greenwich found the body of Valerie Reyes, in a suitcase, six days after the New Rochelle, New York woman was reported missing.

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Federal authorities later arrested and charged her ex-boyfriend, 24-year-old Javier Da Silva Rojas, of Queens, New York, with kidnapping resulting in death. 

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On Monday, the Officer of State Medical Examiner stated that the official cause of death of Reyes was “Homicidal Asphyxia,” which means she died from a lack of oxygen. 

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The murder remains under investigation. 

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