Tesei: Town Worker Photographing Homicide Crime Scene Was “Insensitive, Inexcusable”

On Thursday afternoon First Selectman Peter Tesei released a statement saying the Town had put a Dept of Public Works employee on paid administrative leave pending the completion of an investigation into his actions on Feb. 5, 2019.

On Tuesday morning a town worker found the suitcase that contained the murder victim, identified on Thursday morning as Valerie Reyes, 24, of New Rochelle.

At about 2:00pm, Tesei, who is the police commissioner, said the town employee’s actions involved the taking of photos of the murder victim and the crime scene.

Tesei said upon conclusion of its investigation, the Town will take appropriate action.


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“The victim was a daughter, a sister and a cousin of a family who is suffering a tremendous loss at this time. This thoughtless and insensitive behavior by an employee is inexcusable. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Ms. Reyes’ family.”

As this is a pending personnel matter, the Town will not comment further and will not confirm or deny the identity of the employee.

At the regularly scheduled police briefing Thursday morning, public information officer Lt. John Slusarz declined to comment when asked whether a town worker had photographed the crime scene on Tuesday.

See also:

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