Friends and co-workers of a New York woman who was found dead in a suitcase in Connecticut say she was a bookstore worker who was passionate about art and aspired to be a tattoo artist.
Police on Thursday identified the woman as 24-year-old Valerie Reyes, of New Rochelle, New York. Highway workers in Greenwich, Connecticut, found her body in a suitcase in a wooded area Tuesday morning, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) from New Rochelle.
No arrests have been made.
The Connecticut chief medical examiner’s office has performed an autopsy but has not yet released the cause and manner of Reyes’ death.
Friends and co-workers say Reyes worked at a Barnes & Noble in Eastchester, New York. Police say she was reported missing Jan. 30 after she did not show up for work.