Arrest made in case of woman found dead in suitcase

Valerie Reyes 24 of New Rochelle New York was a good soul her mother said the Journal News reports

Valerie Reyes 24 of New Rochelle New York"was a good soul" her mother said the Journal News reports Greenwich Police

Detectives from her hometown, accompanied by detectives from the town where she was found, arrested a "suspect in NY who had fraudulently used the ATM card of victim Valerie Reyes", they said in an official statement.

A source told the TV station the 24-year-old New Rochelle woman was "killed at her residence".

Greenwich police Capt. Robert Berry said in a statement that detectives arrested a suspect in NY who had illegally used Reyes' ATM card.

Her body was discovered around 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5 by a Greenwich highway crew in a wooded area.

They said he indicated he put packing tape over her mouth, bound her legs and hands, and put her in a suitcase that he put in a forest after driving for some time. They say he said he then tied her and put her in a suitcase. She didn't mention no one specific, ' Sanchez said.

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Autopsy results are pending in the case while a funeral for her has been scheduled for Wednesday, with a viewing on Tuesday. "I just feel so blessed, overwhelmed". NYPD sent out an alert on January 31 reporting Valerie Reyes as missing. The person who had rented the vehicle on that same date was Da Silva, the complaint said. "I'm paranoid, mommy. I'm getting anxiety attacks'".

Javier Da Silva, of Queens, admitted during an interview with an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent that he did bound and put Reyes, a New Rochelle resident, in a suitcase and leave it in a wooded area, said a criminal complaint filed in White Plains Superior Court on Tuesday, Feb. 12.

Valerie's mother Norma last week told reporters she could not move past the conversation she had with her daughter the night before she went missing. "Additional information on the suspect and charges will be released by the New Rochelle Police Department", he said late Tuesday morning.

Reyes, a Barnes & Noble store clerk, had broken up with her boyfriend five days earlier, according to Sanchez.

News of the arrest came on the same day as Reyes's mourning loved ones paid tribute to her at an emotional wake.

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Social media footprints were also analyzed, Berry said.

William F. Sweeney Jr., head of the FBI's NY office, said federal authorities teamed with police in Greenwich and New Rochelle to "swiftly identify Javier Da Silva, an alleged murderer, and place him behind bars".

Several items were missing from Reyes' apartment, police said.

According to The Journal, Reyes had taken her iPad, iPhone, clothes and bed sheets with her when she disappeared.

"My daughter was a good soul", she said.

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