On January 30th, Valerie’s family reported her as missing after not being able to get in touch with her.
Several days after Valerie had disappeared, on February 5th, a red-colored suitcase was found sitting alongside Glenville Road in Greenwich, Connecticut.
When the suitcase was opened up, Valerie was sadly found dead inside.
The Connecticut Medical Examiner’s Office would later determine that Valerie’s death was a murder, and she had been asphyxiated.
Authorities worked to piece together who had taken Valerie’s life in such a horrifying way, and 6 days after Valerie had been found, her ex-boyfriend Javier Da Silva was arrested.
“In the late evening of January 28, 2019, DA SILVA rented a car from a garage in Flushing, New York and drove to the Victim’s residence in New Rochelle, New York, arriving in the early morning hours of January 29, 2019,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York said in a press release.”
“Before he entered the Victim’s home, DA SILVA switched his phone to “airplane mode.” Sometime after DA SILVA entered the Victim’s apartment, DA SILVA and the Victim had a violent altercation, during which the victim suffered head trauma, bruising around the face, and a large hematoma to her forehead.”
“DA SILVA then kidnapped the Victim—covering her mouth with several layers of packing tape and binding her feet and hands with packing tape and twine and putting her in a suitcase.”
Javier had heartlessly packed Valerie into the suitcase, drove to Greenwich, and tossed her out onto the road, where she was later found dead.
Greenwich Police; pictured above is Valerie stands on a snow-covered road