Vigil held for New Rochelle woman found dead in suitcase

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NEW ROCHELLE -

Hundreds gathered at St. Gabriel Church for a vigil to remember the New Rochelle woman who went missing a week ago and was found dead Tuesday.

Valerie Reyes, 24, was found dead in a suitcase near the side of a Greenwich, Connecticut road this week.

Reyes had been reported missing to the New Rochelle Police Department and was last seen on Jan. 29 around 9 a.m. Her family says she left her home on Colonial Place eight days ago, and no one had heard from her since.

Greenwich police say her family was advised of the positive identification of her body Wednesday night.

Police in Connecticut say they are working with the New Rochelle Police Department and other law enforcement agencies at multiple levels and have engaged a variety of resources to assist in the investigation.

Reyes worked at a Barnes & Noble in Eastchester. Her mother says she had struggled in the days before she went missing due to a failed relationship.

Family members asked the press to leave them in peace once the service began.

A Westchester County forensics team was seen investigating the house Reyes lived in.

Police and the state medical examiner have still not determined the cause of Reyes' death.

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