Her boyfriend, Javier da Silva, has been arrested by police after he used her debit card to withdraw money from a cash machine. NYPD sent out an alert on January 31 reporting Valerie Reyes as missing. Da Silva was identified as a Venezuelan national who has been in the US illegally after overstaying his visa.
During questioning, DeSilva allegedly "admitted his role" in murdering Reyes, he said.
Police arrested Javier de Silva, of Queens, New York, on Tuesday.
Police say they have examined hundreds of hours of surveillance footage in the case and interviewed several potential witnesses.
'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, ' the police statement said. He said da Silva's arrest was a "huge surprise" and that Reyes did not speak of him recently.
He was described as being cooperative during his interview.
The investigation into Reyes" death is ongoing as Capt. Berry said "there's a lot of loose ends that need to be tied up' during the conference.
The ex-boyfriend of the NY woman whose body was found inside a suitcase in CT is held without bail on a charge carrying a potential death penalty. When Sanchez asked Reyes if someone had threatened her - and asked about her ex - Reyes said "no", Sanchez told WABC. She just said, 'I'm scared. "I'm paranoid, mommy. I'm getting anxiety attacks'".
News of the arrest came on the same day as Reyes's mourning loved ones paid tribute to her at an emotional wake.
Reyes had worked at a Barnes & Noble store in Eastchester, N.Y., since it opened 2 1/2 years ago, according to the bookstore chain.
"I asked about her ex-boyfriend".
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.
Reyes did however reveal that she didn't feel safe alone in her apartment, and expressed her concern at the murders of young women in the state.
"I'm afraid someone is going to murder me", she recalled her daughter saying.
Da Silva reportedly told investigators he taped her mouth and put her inside the suitcase where a road worker later found her body. It's 10 miles away from the NY border of her Westchester County home.
Reyes was identified last week as the person whose body was found jammed into a piece of luggage abandoned in upscale Greenwich, Conn. Reyes' cause of death was not immediately clear. "She didn't mention no one specific", Sanchez said. He said, "Every suitcase body I ever had they were known to each other, with the exception of the Mafia", calling it an "interpersonal type" of killing.