Mother of woman, 24, whose body was found in a suitcase says her daughter was afraid someone was going to murder her
The 24-year-old Barnes and Nobles' clerk's body was found inside a suitcase, almost eight days after she went missing. She was reportedly bound at the wrists and ankles.
Barnes and Noble's 24-year-old employee, Valerie Reyes, had a rather worrying conversation with her mother just the night before she went missing. She did not show up for work the next day, and almost eight days after the phone call, her body was found in a suitcase on the side of a quiet, residential road in Greenwich, Conn., about 14 miles from her apartment, reports The New York Times. She was reportedly bound at the wrists and ankles. It seems that Reyes' fate led her to what she feared the most.
During the conversation with her mother, the 24-year-old had mentioned that although she was not under the threat of any attacks or harassment, the consistent reports of the torture and murder of people had left her distressed. Her mother, Norma Sanchez, explained, "She was going on about how frightened she was in that apartment. She was hearing about all these murders of women. ‘I just can’t get it out of my head.’" Reyes had apparently told her mother, "I feel like somebody’s going to murder me. I'm scared. I'm paranoid. I'm getting anxiety attacks."
#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
Norma is still unable to understand what could have caused her daughter's death. She said that has too many questions which need answers, "Who made her feel this way? I asked about her ex-boyfriend. And she said, 'No'. We don't even understand. The only thing that's weird is she was frightened for her life and then somebody ends up taking her life." At the time her body was found, Reyes was fully clothed and although an autopsy was carried out on Wednesday, the cause of her death has not yet been revealed. However, on searching her apartment the cops found out several items were missing which included an iPhone, an iPad, her wallet, several items of clothing and bedsheets.
When she went missing, Valerie's close friends had sent out several social media posts and messages in search of her. A man who claimed to be her boyfriend had tweeted, "My girlfriend Valerie is now officially reported as a missing person nationwide by the authorities. Please contact me if there is ANY kind of information." He later tweeted the broken heart emoji and told those who offered support that he was "finding it difficult to come to terms with everything going on". Following the news of her death, a candlelight vigil was organized on behalf of the Reyes family on Thursday night where hundreds of people gathered at Glen Island Park, a 150-acre island connected to New Rochelle.
Candlelight vigil in process for murder victim Valerie Reyes pic.twitter.com/tRqctdPgpi— Tony Aiello (@AielloTV) February 7, 2019
Greenwich Police Captain Robert Berry issued a statement sending his "heartfelt condolences". Reyes' father issued also a statement after her body was found, where he stated, "At this unimaginably difficult time we are asking for love, support, and respect to our family for the loss of my beautiful daughter Valerie Reyes who is now resting in heaven."