According to the Westchester Journal News, police discovered that DeSilva used Reyes’ ATM card in New York. The investigation reportedly included watching more than 100 hours of surveillance video, social media analysis, and witness interviews.
New Rochelle PD confirm the suspect is Reyes’ ex-boyfriend, Javier DeSilva https://t.co/g3ImGSyGBU
— John Craven (@johncraven1) February 12, 2019
The arrest of DeSilva may not come as a surprise to law enforcement experts who have predicted that Reyes’ killer was known to her.
Vernon Geberth, a retired NYPD lieutenant-commander, told the Greenwich Time that he believes the killer crossed state lines, that the suitcase killing was “interpersonal,” and suggested Reyes knew her killer and that the killing did not appear to be the work of a serial killer. All of those things may turn out to be right.
Geberth also speculated that the killing was a crime of passion, given the manner of the way Reyes was disposed. 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.
“She didn’t mention anything. She didn’t mention no one specific,” Sanchez said. “She just mentioned, ‘I’m really, really scared. I’m paranoid, mommy. I’m getting anxiety attacks.’”
“I’m afraid someone is going to murder me,” she recalled her daughter saying.
It had been reported that Reyes broke up with her boyfriend on Jan. 24, but Sanchez said she asked her daughter she was afraid of her ex that night and she said no.
Reyes was seen for the last time on Jan. 29 and was found days later in a suitcase on the side of a Greenwich, Connecticut road. NYPD sent out an alert on Jan. 31 reporting Valerie Reyes as missing. [Image via New York Police Department]