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 & May Have Confessed to Her Death
#MissingPerson Have you seen VALERIE REYES? 5′ 3″, black hair, brown eyes, 1/2 sleeve tattoo on left arm. Last seen wearing a green coat, black jeans, and black shoes. Suffers from anxiety and depression. pic.twitter.com/vxvXi40fiV
— NYPD Midtown North (@NYPDMTN) January 31, 2019
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.
Correction: suspect is Javier da Silva, apologize for minor misspelling https://t.co/Nb0rEHSMui
— Tony Aiello (@AielloTV) February 12, 2019
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 …read more