Court appearance postponed in murder-kidnapping case
GREENWICH — The man accused of the kidnapping and murder of a 24-year-old Westchester woman, whose body was found in a suitcase in Greenwich on Feb. 5, is scheduled for a court appearance later this month in U.S. District Court in White Plains, N.Y.
A court appearance by Javier Da Silva, initially scheduled for Wednesday, was postponed, according to court personnel. Another date has yet to be scheduled.
Da Silva, 24, was arrested by the FBI in connection with the death of Valerie Reyes, in cooperation with law-enforcement authorities from Greenwich and New Rochelle, N.Y., where Reyes lived.
According to a criminal complaint from federal authorities, Da Silva sealed Reyes’ mouth with tape and bound her hands and feet before putting her in the suitcase and disposing of her body. She was also found with a severe wound to her head, which Da Silva blamed on a fall in her New Rochelle apartment.
The Connecticut Medical Examiner’s Office has not publicly not released the cause of death, and once again deferred releasing information this week. The medical examiner’s office said the matter is pending.
Da Silva dated Reyes about two years ago, according to authorities. Reyes, a book-store employee, was reported missing by her family on Jan. 29, and her body was found in a wooded area on the side of Glenville Road in Greenwich on Feb. 5. Da Silva was arrested and charged in connection with her death a week later.
According to federal court filings, the accused killer used a debit card belonging to Reyes to make a cash withdrawal.
A preliminary hearing on Da Silva’s case will be scheduled in coming days. He appeared briefly in federal court last month, when he asked the Portuguese consulate to be informed of the criminal proceedings against him.
A resident of Venezuela who was in the U.S. illegally at the time of Reyes’ death, Da Silva also holds Portuguese citizenship. Da Silva lived in Brooklyn and was working in a coffee shop in New York City at the time of his arrest and had an active Instagram account filled with artistic photos from around the city.
He could face up to life in prison if convicted on the federal charges.