Valerie Reyes, whose body was found bound in a suitcase in a Connecticut woodland on Tuesday, had an awful premonition she was going to be murdered, her mother has revealed.
The 24-year-old from New Rochelle, New York, spoke to her mother, Norma Sanchez, the night before she disappeared on January 29, telling her:
I’m afraid someone is going to murder me.
Just over a week later, Reyes’ body was was discovered by construction workers in Greenwich, tied-up at the hands and feet inside a red suitcase.
Sanchez revealed her daughter battled depression and anxiety, but she became incredibly paranoid shortly before her disappearance.
‘She was very scared, very frightened,’ Sanchez told The Journal.
She didn’t mention anything or no one specific. She just said,
I’m scared. I’m paranoid, mommy. I’m getting anxiety attacks. ‘She was having a hard time talking.’
Sanchez says she desprately tried to pry for more information, but her daughter refused to specify why she felt that way.
The Barnes & Noble store clerk had broken up with her boyfriend five days earlier, according to Sanchez.
‘I asked her why do you feel this way? Was there someone at your house?’
She asked about her daughter’s ex-boyfriend but still Reyes told her mother ‘no, it wasn’t him’.
Reyes did however reveal that she didn’t feel safe alone in her apartment, and expressed her concern at the murders of young women in the state. Reyes then allegedly blurted out:
I’m worried someone is going to murder me.
The next day she failed to show up for work in Scarsdale.
Her family hired a private detective to locate her whereabouts, who managed to track her to a Manhattan ATM at 2am.
The 24-year-old’s card was also used that morning at a different ATM, though it isn’t yet clear whether she used the card or someone else.
Eight days after she was last heard of, Police had identified a body found stuffed in a suitcase as Reyes’.
Police said previously that Reyes did not die at the location where she was found, but they did not know where she was killed.
According to The Journal News, Reyes had taken her iPad, iPhone, clothes and bed sheets with her when she disappeared.
The reddish-orange suitcase containing Reyes’ body was found in a wooded area some 15 feet off of Glenville Road in a quiet, secluded area of Greenwich by highway workers around 8.15 am Tuesday.
Inside, investigators found the woman fully clothed and bound at the hands and feet. She was initially described as between 18 and 30 years old.
Authorities have said they will be conducting a long, thorough investigation into the murder, with the help of the Chief State’s Attorney’s Office.
The state’s chief medical examiner, which is performing the autopsy, was on the scene for several hours on Tuesday surveying the body and the immediate surroundings, as seen in footage from NBC News.
Officers are interviewing local residents and have asked for video footage from nearby security systems that may have captured relevant information.
Police are unsure of where Reyes was killed but said they had reason to believe she was murdered elsewhere and dumped at the site, which is about four miles from I-95.