Last week, the body of 24-year-old Valerie Reyes was discovered horrifically crammed into a suitcase and ditched alongside the road. Highway workers discovered the suitcase and its contents in Greenwich, Connecticut.
When they saw the woman’s body bound and lifeless, they immediately reached out to police. Now, police believe they have located and captured the person responsible for this reprehensible act.
24-year-old Javier De Silva, a resident of Queens, New York, has been charged with kidnapping the victim, who was reportedly his ex-girlfriend. Authorities quickly pinpointed him as the primary suspect when he attempted to use the victim’s debit card after dumping her body. He successfully made several ATM cash withdraws from her bank account after her time of death.
De Silva has not yet been charged with murder in this ongoing investigation. Police are awaiting results from an autopsy that will confirm the victim’s cause of death. The Connecticut Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is performing the critical autopsy.
Authorities have already interviewed dozens of witnesses, and they have browsed through hundreds of hours of surveillance footage in pursuit of justice. Captain Robert Berry wrote a statement concerning the incident and explained, “we are confident that the pursuit of justice for Valerie will be successful.”
Captain Berry also confirmed that De Silva has “admitted a role” in the victim’s death. The suspect reportedly told officers that he and the victim were sexually involved just prior to her disappearance. He claims the victim fell and hit her head. That’s when he admitted to binding the victim, putting tape over her mouth and shoving her into the suitcase. He admitted to dumping her body in a forest and using her card.