Javier da Silva (originally misspelled as Javier deSilva) was arrested in connection with Valerie Reyes’ murder, although charges have not yet been announced. Reyes, 24, was found dead in a suitcase after telling her mom that she was scared for her life. Here is what we know so far about Valerie Reyes and Javier da Silva.
1. Javier da Silva, Her Ex-Boyfriend, Is Accused of Using Her ATM Card & MayÂ Have Confessed to Her Death
Exactly what Valerie Reyes’ ex-boyfriend, Javier da Silva, will be charged with has not yet been revealed. According to WCBS, authorities said that he confessed to killing Valerie Reyes. Meanwhile, ABC 7 reported that he was accused of fraudulently using Reyes’ ATM card and police believed he may have also been involved in Reyes’ death.
He was arrested after using Reyes’ ATM card, police told WCBS.
Officials said that Da Silva made admissions connected to Reyes’ death, including saying that she was killed in New Rochelle, ABC 7 reported.
An autopsy is pending. Da Silva was arrested in Queens and is expected to be charged with federal crimes, ABC 7 reported.
Early reports indicated that the suspect’s name was Javier DeSilva. CBS New York later clarified that his name was Javier da Silva.
2. Valerie Reyes Was Found Dead in a Suitcase Days After She Was Last Seen by Friends & Family
Reyes was reported missing January 30 after she didn’t show up for her job at Barnes & Noble in Eastchester, WCBS reported. Her friends and family had last seen her on January 28. Her body was found, with her hands and feet bound, stuffed in a red suitcase. She was found around 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday, February 5, just 10 to 15 feet off Glenville Road in Greenwich.
Reyes had worked at Barnes & Noble for three years. No one in her family, her friends, or her colleagues heard from her after she was last seen on January 28.
A worker was put on paid leave after they found Reyes’ body and took photos of the crime scene, CNN reported.
3. Reyes Had Told Her Mom She Was Scared for Her Life Before She Disappeared
Before she disappeared, Reyes told her mother, Norma Sanchez, that she was scared for her life. She dealt with anxiety and depression and became scared for her life after an ex-boyfriend moved out of her apartment, ABC 7 reported. She was living in a basement apartment in Rochelle, New York, and was scared to be there alone, CNN reported.
Reyes once told her mom, “I’m afraid someone is going to murder me.” But she wouldn’t elaborate and she didn’t say that she was scared of anyone in particular.
4. Reyes Was Seen on Surveillance Footage on January 30 at 2 a.m. in Manhattan
According to a private investigator hired by Reyes’ family, she was seen on surveillance footage at a Manhattan ATM at 2 a.m. on January 30, just a couple days after her friends and family last heard from her, Fox News reported. It wasn’t clear why she was there, if anyone had gone with her, or where she went after the trip to the ATM.
A friend told LoHud that Reyes’ her iPad, iPhone, clothes, and bed sheets were also missing from her home.
5. Da Silva Had Overstayed His Visa & Was in the Country Illegally, Sources Said
Da Silva, 24, who is originally from Venezuela, was in the country illegally after overstaying his visa, according to unnamed sources who spoke to WCBS. He’s from Flushing, Queens.
Greenwich Police Captain Robert Berry said in a statement: “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. We are asking the public for any information they may possess concerning Valerie and/or her disappearance. Information may be left at the Greenwich Police Tip Line at (203) 622-3333 and email at Tips@greenwichct.org.”
This is a developing story.