Valerie Reyes, found dead in suitcase on Connecticut road, was asphyxiated: medical examiner
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Public works employees in Greenwich found Valerie Reyes's body in a suitcase on Feb. 5, six days after her family reported her missing.

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.

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