Police in New Rochelle, NY have announced that Valerie Reyes' ex-boyfriend Javier da Silva has been arrested in connection with her death.
Greenwich police Capt. Robert Berry said in a statement that detectives arrested a suspect in NY who had illegally used Reyes' ATM card.
A source told the TV station the 24-year-old New Rochelle woman was "killed at her residence".
Da Silva reportedly told investigators he taped her mouth and put her inside the suitcase where a road worker later found her body.
Investigators "zeroed in" on Da Silva Rojas after he allegedly used Reyes' ATM card to withdraw cash multiple times after her death, Greenwich Police Capt. Robert Berry said.
"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". Greenwich police said in a statement.
"The arrested individual is also believed to be involved in the death of Valerie". "I was praying her family would have her back", neighbor Brenda DeGiacomo said. "I'm paranoid, mommy. I'm getting anxiety attacks.' She was having a hard time talking".
"This same suspect was interviewed jointly by Greenwich and New Rochelle detectives and admitted a role in the death of Valerie Reyes", Berry added.
According to the Hartford Courant, a man who identified himself as Reyes' boyfriend wrote before she was found dead that people should contact him if they had any information about her disappearance.
Reyes had worked at a Barnes & Noble store in Eastchester, New York, since it opened 2 ½ years ago, according to the bookstore chain.
"I'm afraid someone is going to murder me", she recalled her daughter saying.
"I asked about her ex-boyfriend. Was there someone at your house?' Reyes" mother said. The New Rochelle, New York, woman's remains were found February 5 in a wooded section of Greenwich.
The official cause of Reyes' death has not been confirmed as the autopsy is pending.
According to The Journal, Reyes had taken her iPad, iPhone, clothes and bed sheets with her when she disappeared. "She didn't mention no one specific", Sanchez said.
Reyes lived alone in a basement apartment in New Rochelle and suffered at times from anxiety and depression, WABC reported.