Valerie Reyes, found dead in suitcase on Connecticut road, was asphyxiated: medical examiner 05/06/2019 10:37 am PDT Comments Valerie Reyes / WTIC via WTIC: 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. MORE: ME: Woman found dead in suitcase had been asphyxiated - WTIC #AP #Abduction #Asphyxiation #BodyFound #Connecticut #Forensics #Homicide #Kidnapping #WTIC Related Stories Ex-boyfriend arrested in death of woman found in suitcase Body found in suitcase on Connecticut road is missing N.Y. woman Mom says daughter found in suitcase was scared someone would kill her Details released in case of N.Y. woman found in suitcase Waiting for your permission to load facebook comments.