Unidentified Human Remains Turn Up in Search for Missing Soldier, Family Pushes for Congressional Investigation

Baylee Friday
July 01, 2020 - 3:06 pm

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

     During a press conference today, Guillen’s family spoke about the soldier’s disappearance. They say they believe the remains are those of Vanessa. They’re also calling for a congressional investigation into the Army’s handling of the case.

     “My mother does not deserve this, I don’t deserve this, my family does not deserve this,” said one of Guillen’s sisters, struggling through tears. “Vanessa Guillen did not deserve this.”

     Recovery teams discovered the "partial human remains" near the Leon River in Bell County yesterday. 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."

    Killeen police say one of the main suspects in Guillen’s disappearance was located about seven miles away from Fort Hood early this morning. They say he shot and killed himself as officers closed in around him. He was an active soldier stationed at Fort Hood. The Army says another suspect, a civilian, is in police custody.

    Guillen’s family says she felt unsafe and told them she was being sexually harassed, though they say she never reported it. Now, the family is speaking out against Fort Hood.

    “They lied to our faces, every single day that passed,” her family said. “Every single day, for over two months.”

    One of Guillen’s sisters says before he committed suicide, the main suspect in the case laughed in her face. That was a few weeks ago, when she went to Fort Hood looking for information about her sister’s disappearance. 

    Distraught, Guillen’s family says they will continue searching for answers about what happened to the young soldier.