GREENWICH, Conn. (WTIC/AP) -- The Connecticut medical examiner says the woman found dead in a suitcase along a roadway in February died from a lack of oxygen.
The Greenwich Time reports that the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner confirmed Monday that 24-year-old Valerie Reyes’ official cause of death was “homicidal asphyxia.”
Town public works employees in Greenwich found the New Rochelle, New York woman’s body in a suitcase on Feb. 5, six days after her family reported her missing.
Her ex-boyfriend, Javier Da Silva Rojas is being held on a federal kidnapping resulting in death charge. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.
He told police after his arrest that Reyes fell and hit her head.