NEW YORK (CNN) – Days earlier than her physique was discovered inside a suitcase close to a Connecticut street, Valerie Reyes referred to as her mom terrified somebody would kill her.
“She was simply actually scared, very frightened,” her mom, Norma Sanchez, instructed CNN affiliate WABC.
The 24-year-old had been dwelling in a basement condo in New Rochelle, New York, for a while however had lately grown anxious and even felt paranoid of being alone there.
“I am afraid somebody goes to homicide me,” Reyes instructed her mom.
Tuesday, a bunch of freeway staff discovered Reyes’ physique stuffed right into a crimson suitcase within the prosperous city of Greenwich, Connecticut — about 14 miles from her condo.
Not less than three police departments have joined the investigation however no suspects have been named. In the meantime, her household and pals are juggling grief and their quest for justice.
Lacking for per week
Reyes went lacking for the reason that morning of January 29, police stated. Neither her household nor the staff on the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Eastchester, the place she had been working for practically three years, had seen her for a number of days.
Valerie Reyes, 24, was final seen on January 29, police stated.
A number of flyers with pictures of Reyes and her description started showing in New York Metropolis whereas family members started making pleas on social media for details about her whereabouts.
“We had hope that she would come again,” one in every of her cousins, Angelica Reyes, instructed WABC. “That is all we knew. That she was within the metropolis, so we thought she was on the lookout for assist.”
Final week, the New York Police Division’s Midtown North tweeted a photograph of Reyes asking whether or not anybody had seen her.
“She was final seen carrying a inexperienced coat, black denims, and black sneakers. Suffers from nervousness and despair,” police wrote.
A crimson suitcase hid her physique
Per week after Reyes vanished, a bunch of freeway staff who have been on a routine sweep noticed a crimson suitcase in a wooded space in Greenwich.
The bag was about 15 to 20 ft off the shoulder of a street in a quiet neighborhood. After they opened the bag, they discovered a girl along with her palms and ft certain, authorities stated.
Greenwich, with a inhabitants of round 63,000, is on the Lengthy Island Sound about 35 miles outdoors New York Metropolis. The prosperous city is house to hedge fund and monetary companies.
The physique was recognized as that of Reyes on Wednesday.
The Connecticut chief medical expert’s workplace, which assisted in figuring out Reyes, had not launched the trigger and method of demise as of Saturday. It might take as much as eight weeks earlier than the report might be obtainable, the workplace stated.
One of many staff, who has not being recognized, was positioned on paid depart for taking pictures of Reyes’ physique and the crime scene.
“The sufferer was a daughter, a sister and a cousin of a household who’s struggling an amazing loss presently,” First Selectman Peter J. Tesei stated in a press release. “This inconsiderate and insensitive conduct by an worker is inexcusable.”
Police carrying protecting white fits spent a number of hours inside Reyes’ condo Friday, CNN affiliate WCBS reported, and have been carrying paper luggage after they left.
Authorities urge anybody with info to name an nameless hotline at 203-622-3333.
‘In the end he’ll get caught,’ mother says
Because the solar set Thursday, a crowd of family members and pals stood round a circle of candles with photos of Jesus and the Virgin Mary on them.
Family and friends gathered Thursday at a New Rochelle park for a candlelight vigil in honor of Reyes.
They sang hymns in Spanish and prayed the rosary at Glen Island Park in New Rochelle. Some held candles and flowers, others embraced one another and sobbed quietly.
“My daughter didn’t deserve no matter you probably did to her. My daughter was pure,” Sanchez stated on the vigil, addressing whoever is liable for her daughter’s demise.
“In the end he’ll get caught, I do know it.”