Unidentified Human Remains Turn Up in Search for Missing Soldier

Baylee Friday
July 01, 2020 - 9:12 am

    KILLEEN (1080 KRLD) - Authorities say unidentified human remains have turned up in the search for missing Fort Hood Soldier Vanessa Guillen. 

    Recovery teams discovered what have been described as "partial human remains" near the Leon River in Bell County on Saturday. Authorities say the grisly discovery was made within walking distance of the site where the remains of Gregory Morales were discovered. He's another Fort Hood soldier who went missing in 2019.  

    Authorities say foul play is suspected in both Morales' and Guillen's disappearances, but they do not believe the two cases are related. 

    The search for Guillen has been suspended while the remains are sent in for identification. Army Criminal Investigation Command officials released the following statement regarding the discovery:

    "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," said Chris Grey, U.S. Army CID spokesman. "After receiving additional information, 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. 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."

    A $25,000 and $50,000 reward is being offered for information on Morales's death and Guillén's search, respectively.

    Army Criminal Investigation Command Special Agents: 254-287-2722 

    Military Police Desk: 254-288-1170.

    Anonymous tips can be submitted online at cid.army.mil/report-a-crime.html.​