Attorney for Vanessa Guillen's family wants Congress to investigate her disappearance

Jack Murphy
June 30, 2020 - 11:00 am
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Pfc. Vanessa Guillen has been missing since April 22 after disappearing, seemingly into thin air, from the armory at Fort Hood. Left behind in the office were her ID card, wallet and barracks keys.

Searches have been conducted, the Army has been investigating, but Guillen's family is not satisfied.

Guillen's family and their attorney, Natalie Khawam met with Fort Hood leadership to discuss her disappearance and came away feeling that they had been stonewalled. 

“This is why we need a congressional investigation,” Khawam told Dateline. “The base command did not provide us with the information they promised us. They were not transparent or forthcoming. We got nothing.”

Army officials said they suspect "foul play" in Guillen's disappearance. Khawam is calling on Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, to request a congressional investigation into how the Army is handling the case.

"Last week, Fort Hood leadership briefed the Guillén family and Congresswoman Garcia on the investigation into Pfc. Vanessa Guillén’s disappearance, with Senator Cruz’s staff in attendance. We hope we will have answers about what happened soon, and we will continue to provide any assistance we can," a spokesman for Cruz told Connecting Vets, 

“Something weird was going on there,” Vanessa's sister Mayra told NBC. “Vanessa was afraid. And now she's gone. But I do know that she wouldn’t have just left on her own without telling anyone. She would have at least told me.”

According to Mayra, her sister had experienced sexual harassment at Fort Hood but did not report it to the unit's SHARP representative. Army officials have said that they have no credible information that she was ever harassed.

The family has also started a Find Vanessa social media campaign and #FindVanessa and #FindVanessaGuillen hashtags have been used by Rep. Sylvia Garcia of Texas and others. 

A $50,000 reward has been offered to anyone who can provide credible information leading to the whereabouts of Guillen.

Anyone with information that could lead to Vanessa's location are encouraged to contact Army CID Special Agents at 254-287-2722 or the Military Police Desk at 254-288-1170.

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