Unidentified human remains found during search for missing soldier Vanessa Guillen

Abbie Bennett
June 30, 2020 - 9:16 pm
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Courtesy of the US Army

Unidentified human remains were found during the search for missing Fort Hood, Texas soldier Pfc. Vanessa Guillen, authorities said Tuesday evening. 

The Army's Criminal Investigation Division said the remains were found in an area near the Leon River, where search parties looked for Guillen last week. 

Army CID investigators' work led authorities back to the area of Bell County, Texas in their search for Guillen, a CID statement released Tuesday said. 

"After receiving additional information, agents have discovered what has been described as partial human remains after analysis from a forensic anthropologist," the CID statement read. "No confirmation as to the identity of the remains has been made at this point and we ask for the media and public's understanding that the identification process can take time. Due to the ongoing criminal investigation, no further information will be released at this time."

CID said its agents, along with Texas Rangers, the FBI and the county's sheriff's department were on scene. 

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Other remains were found over the weekend near Killeen, which also have not been identified. Those remains were found near where investigators found the body of Pvt. Gregory Wedel-Morales June 19. Wedel-Morales disappeared last year. 

Guillen, 20, of Houston, has been missing since April 22. She was last seen in the parking lot of her Regimental Engineer Squadron Headquarters, 3rd Cavalry Regiment. Guillen's car keys, barracks' room key, ID and wallet were all found in the armory where she had been working earlier that day. 

Last week, officials said they suspected foul play in her disappearance. 

Guillen's family said she told them she had been sexually harassed at Fort Hood, but Army officials have said they had no "credible information" about those allegations. 

Guillen's family and their attorney, Natalie Khawam, are pushing for a Congressional investigation of her disappearance. 

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

Khawam called on Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, to request the investigation. 

"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 Tuesday.

The remains found Tuesday have yet to be identified, though Tim Miller, founder of Texas EquuSearch, a search and rescue group that often assists in searching for missing persons, told ABC13 and the local paper he believed "the search for Vanessa is now over." 

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

Guillen is described as 5 feet, 2 inches tall, 120 pounds, Latina with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black T-shirt and purple fitness-style pants. 

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

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