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    Ex-boyfriend arrested in death of woman found in suitcase near Conn. roadway

    Captain Robert Berry says investigators ‘‘zeroed in’’ on suspect Javier DeSilva after he allegedly used victim Valerie Reyes’s ATM card to withdraw cash multiple times after her death.
    Greenwich Police Department via Associated Press
    Captain Robert Berry says investigators ‘‘zeroed in’’ on suspect Javier DeSilva after he allegedly used victim Valerie Reyes’s ATM card to withdraw cash multiple times after her death.

    GREENWICH, Conn. — Police say they have arrested the ex-boyfriend of the New York woman whose body was found inside a suitcase that had been discarded on the side of a Connecticut road.

    Greenwich police Tuesday identified the suspect in the killing of Valerie Reyes as Javier DeSilva, who was arrested in Queens, N.Y.

    Captain Robert Berry says investigators ‘‘zeroed in’’ on DeSilva after he allegedly used Reyes’s ATM card to withdraw cash multiple times after her death.

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    DeSilva is scheduled to make an initial court appearance in a federal court in New York on Tuesday. It was not clear whether he has a lawyer.

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    Reyes, of New Rochelle, N.Y., had been reported missing on Jan. 30 when she did not show up for work. Officials said her hands and feet were bound when her body was found by highway workers on Feb. 5.

    ‘‘We are confident that the pursuit of justice for Valerie will be successful and we continue to work with the family to provide closure to this tragedy,’’ Berry said in a written statement.

    Autopsy results from the Connecticut Office of the Chief Medical Examiner are still pending.

    Police say they have examined hundreds of hours of surveillance footage in the case and interviewed several potential witnesses.

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    Reyes had worked at a Barnes & Noble store in Eastchester, New York, since it opened 2 ½ years ago, according to the bookstore chain.