GPD UPDATE: Homicide Victim was Bound and Left in Suitcase Along Glenville Rd

The spot along Glenville Road near Stillman Lane where the body of a deceased woman was found inside a suitcase. Feb 4, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

At the second of two press conferences on Tuesday, Captain Robert Berry added a few details to the information shared at noon.

At 4:00pm, Captain Berry said the hands and feet of the homicide victim had been bound and that she was found inside a suitcase.

He added that there were a few possible leads but nothing yet to confirm the victim’s identity, which remains a priority.

“Other than that, it is an active homicide investigation,” he said.

In the intervening four hours since the noon press conference, Berry said the Chief Medical Officer had conducted an investigation on scene and just before 4:00pm had taken the remains of the deceased woman to the lab in Farmington to continue his investigation.

Glenville Road reopened at 4:20pm.

This story will be updated when more information becomes available.

Captain Robert Berry and Captain Kraig Gray on Glenville Rd at noon press conference. Feb 4, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Original story:

On Tuesday at 12:15 Greenwich Police Captain Robert Berry held a press conference about the discovery Tuesday morning of a body along Glenville Road, which he said was found just north of Stillman Lane.

He said officers set up a crime scene and an investigation is under way.

Berry said the body appeared to be an adult female, likely between 18-30, and that Chief Medical Officer had just arrived and was examining the body in closer detail to determine how long the person was deceased and the cause of death.

“We have no doubt that there was a homicide involved, based on the manner of how we found the body,” he said, adding that the body was “constrained and restricted.”

“This is going to be a long, methodical process. We want to make sure we do things correctly,” Berry said, adding that the police department’s crime scene vehicle is also on scene and evidence is being collected. “It is going to take some time. There are a lot of tire tracks from vehicles and footprints.”

Captain Berry said the victim was wearing clothes and that one of the police dept’s priority is to positively identify the victim and notify her family. He said police would not release the race or details on the body until she has been positively identified and the family notified.

The body was found 10-15 ft off Glenville Rd by town workers. “I can say the death did not take place at that exact location. Where the actual death took place, we do not know.”

“Obviously this is a huge tragedy for this person’s family, whoever this person is,” Berry said.

Berry said their investigation will include a neighborhood canvass, looking for live witnesses as well as any security videos that might be in the area. “We’ve been able to break a lot of our investigations with those videos.”

He said they are searching missing person databases to see the body was of someone reported missing.

Berry said there will be a second press conference on Tuesday afternoon and that due to it being a “slow methodical process” Glenville Road will not reopen for several hours.