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Search for Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen turns up human remains nearby; investigators pursue ID

The 20-year-old soldier stationed at Fort Hood has been missing since April.

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Army officials said Tuesday that human remains found during the search for the Fort Hood soldier missing since April has led them back to an area near the sprawling military installation in Texas.

The Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) said the remains were found near the Leon River, just 25 miles from the base in Killeen, where a search for Pfc. Vanessa Guillen was conducted last week, the Killeen Daily Herald reported.

“Due to extensive investigative work conducted by Special Agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, agents have returned to an area of interest close to the Leon River, Bell County, Texas, for more investigative work in the search for PFC Vanessa Guillen," a CID statement read.

Pfc. Vanessa Guillen, a 20-year-old soldier stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, has been missing since April. (Fort Hood Press Center)

Pfc. Vanessa Guillen, a 20-year-old soldier stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, has been missing since April. (Fort Hood Press Center)

Guillen, a Houston native, was last seen April 22. Her car keys, ID, wallet and barracks room key were found in the armory room of her Regimental Engineer Squadron Headquarters, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, where she worked a day earlier.

Volunteers, the FBI, soldiers and law enforcement agencies have combed areas near Fort Hood since her disappearance. Her family suspects foul play and has accused Army investigators of not doing enough to find her.

In a statement earlier this month, the CID said it is "committed to finding Vanessa" and was "aggressively going after every single piece of credible information" in its investigation.

Natalie Khawam, the attorney for Guillen's family, said the 20-year-old had been subjected to sexual harassment, including one alleged incident where a supervisor walked in on her showering. Guillen's family maintains she raised the allegations before she went missing

The Army said it will look into the claims, Khawam told Fox News. Calls and emails to CID were not immediately returned.

The Army is offering a $25,000 reward for information about Guillen's whereabouts.                                                                                                                                      SEE VIDEO REPORT      ;    https://www.foxnews.com/us/search-fort-hood-soldier-vanessa-guillen-turns-up-human-remains-nearby

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Vanessa Guillen's body found, fellow Fort Hood soldier killed self, another suspect in custody: family lawyer

The suspect was identified as a fellow soldier who fled Fort Hood on foot

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A lawyer representing the family of Vanessa Guillen, a 20-year-old soldier reported missing from a U.S. Army base in Texas in April, said Wednesday they're demanding accountability after it appears her body has been found and a suspect killed himself.

The attorney, Natalie Kahwam, referred to a suspect -- identified by officials as a fellow soldier who fled Fort Hood on foot Wednesday morning and reportedly shot and killed himself as local police and federal marshals closed in on him at a home in Killeen, Texas.

Another suspect -- identified only as the estranged wife of a former Fort Hood soldier -- was taken into custody and awaits charges in connection to Guillen's disappearance.

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"We believe that her remains were found," Kahwam said in a press conference in Washington, D.C. "We believe that the suspect had killed himself in the morning. And that, unfortunately, does not provide us much information about how this happened, why this happened. About why a beautiful young soldier is not with us today."

Killeen Police said in a statement that its officers, U.S. Marshals in the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force and investigators with the Fort Hood Criminal Investigation Division located the suspect in the 4700 block of East Rancier Avenue in Killeen around 1:29 a.m. Wednesday.

“As officers attempted to make contact with the suspect, the suspect displayed a weapon and discharged it towards himself.  The suspect succumbed from a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” the press release said.

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"The person who took his own life earlier today in Killeen after being sought by Killeen police and federal marshals was a soldier from Fort Hood and had fled the base earlier in the day,” U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command said in another statement Wednesday. “A civilian has been arrested in connection with Vanessa Guillen's disappearance. The civilian suspect is the estranged wife of a former Fort Hood Soldier and is currently in custody in the Bell County Jail awaiting charges by civilian authorities."

The suspects have not been named publicly by authorities. But Guillen's sister, Mayra, said Wednesday that she recognized the man who reportedly shot and killed himself Wednesday morning from meeting him before in the past.

"I met him not knowing that he had something to do with it," Mayra Guillen said, according to KTRK. "I felt something was telling me that he did something and I wasn't wrong apparently. He still had the nerve that day to laugh in my face. And apparently now, he kills himself. Why? I don't know. But whoever is responsible has to pay and we demand a Congressional investigation."

Kahwam clarified that Guillen’s family is still waiting for official identification of the remains found Tuesday near the Leon River in Bell County, just 25 miles from Fort Hood, the U.S. Army post in Killeen.

Chris Grey, U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) spokesman, said Tuesday that special agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command returned to the area near the Leon River for more investigative work in the search for Guillen, where "agents have discovered what has been described as partial human remains after analysis from a forensic anthropologist."

"Army CID agents are currently on scene with the Texas Rangers, the FBI and Bell County Sheriff's Department,” the statement said. “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."

Texas EquuSearch, a non-profit search-and-rescue organization assisting multiple law enforcement agencies, has said that the search for Guillen has concluded.

Pvt. First Class Vanessa Guillen, 20, a native of Houston, was last seen in the parking lot of her Regimental Engineer Squadron Headquarters, 3rd Cavalry Regiment at Fort Hood on April 22.

Her car keys, barracks room key, identification card and wallet were found in the armory room where she was working earlier in the day, according to investigators. Officials said she was last seen in the parking lot wearing a black T-shirt and “purple fitness-type pants.”

Guillen’s unit reported her missing to the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division on April 23 when a check of the barracks and unit area did not locate her.

Khawam has said the soldier told relatives, friends and colleagues before her disappearance that she was being sexually harassed by a sergeant at the base but did not formally report the matter for fear of retaliation.                                                                   https://www.foxnews.com/us/texas-fort-hood-vanessa-guillen-body-found-suspect-suicide-army-soldier

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Missing Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen promoted to specialist, press conference set


by CBS Austin Staff

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Missing Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen (Photo courtesy: Guillen family)
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AUSTIN, Texas (KEYE) - Army leaders at Fort Hood plan to hold a press conference regarding the investigation into the disappearance of Pfc. Vanessa Guillen on Thursday.

Although official confirmation has not yet been announced, family members said on Wednesday that they believe Vanessa's remains were found in a shallow grave along the Leon River near the military post.

An attorney for the family also said that a suspect in her disappearance, shot and killed himself as local police and federal investigators closed in on him. Fort Hood officials later confirmed that information. They also stated a second suspect, described as a civilian, was being held in the case. The suspects' identities have not been released by officials.

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During the family's emotional press conference, Vanessa's sisters demanded justice in the matter, asking how it was possible that a soldier could disappear while in service to the country. They added that the U.S. Army has done very little to help find Vanessa.

Fort Hood Senior Commander, Maj. Gen. Scott Efflandt, III is expected to provide military insight into the case when he speaks at Thursday's planned press conference.

In a press release issued on Wednesday, Fort Hood officials stated, "Due to time in service, Guillen was promoted to specialist effective July 1."                                                    SEE VIDEO    ;     https://wjactv.com/news/nation-world/missing-fort-hood-soldier-vanessa-guillen-promoted-to-specialist-press-conference-set

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