Days earlier than her physique was found inside a suitcase close to a Connecticut highway, Valerie Reyes referred to as her mom terrified someone would kill her.
“She was simply actually scared, very frightened,” her mom, Norma Sanchez, informed CNN affiliate WABC.
The 24-year-old had been residing in a basement house in New Rochelle, New York, for a while however had lately grown anxious and even felt paranoid of being alone there.
“I am afraid someone goes to homicide me,” Reyes informed her mom.
But it surely’s unclear why Reyes was afraid. Sanchez mentioned her daughter did not point out whether or not she was scared of anybody in explicit.
A gaggle of freeway staff final Tuesday, found Reyes’ physique stuffed right into a purple suitcase in the prosperous city of Greenwich, Connecticut — about 14 miles from her house.
At the least three police departments have joined the investigation however no suspects have been named. In the meantime, her household and mates are juggling grief and their quest for justice.
Reyes went lacking because the morning of January 29, police mentioned. Neither her household nor the workers on the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Eastchester, the place she had been working for almost three years, had seen her for a number of days.
A number of flyers with photographs of Reyes and her description started showing in New York Metropolis whereas kinfolk started making pleas on social media for details about her whereabouts.
“We had hope that she would come again,” one of her cousins, Angelica Reyes, informed WABC. “That is all we knew. That she was in town, 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 footwear. Suffers from anxiousness and melancholy,” police wrote.
Per week after Reyes vanished, a gaggle of freeway staff who had been on a routine sweep noticed a purple suitcase in a wooded space in Greenwich.
The bag was about 15 to 20 ft off the shoulder of a highway in a quiet neighborhood. Once they opened the bag, they found a woman with her arms and ft certain.
Greenwich, with a inhabitants of round 63,000, is on the Lengthy Island Sound about 35 miles exterior New York Metropolis. The prosperous city is residence to hedge fund and monetary companies.
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 will likely be obtainable, the workplace mentioned.
One of the employees, who has not being recognized, was positioned on paid depart for taking photographs of Reyes’ physique and the crime scene.
“The sufferer was a daughter, a sister and a cousin of a household who’s struggling an incredible loss right now,” First Selectman Peter J. Tesei mentioned in an announcement. “This inconsiderate and insensitive conduct by an worker is inexcusable.”
‘Eventually he’ll get caught,’ mother says.
On Thursday, a crowd of kinfolk and mates stood round a circle of candles with photographs of Jesus and the Virgin Mary on them.
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 mentioned on the vigil, addressing whoever is accountable for her daughter’s demise.
“Eventually he’ll get caught, I do know it.”