Guillen’s family called for an investigation in Congress on Wednesday about the soldier’s disappearance last April and the harassment they claim she suffered from one of her superiors at the Fort Hood base. These are the unknowns that remain unsolved.
With a mixture of anger and pain, the family of the soldier Vanessa Guillen cried out for elucidation of what happened to her after her disappearance last April at the base of Fort Hood, Texas, to which she belonged. This while they wait for the authorities to identify the human remains found the day before near the León river, which they believe correspond to the 21-year-old girl.
Shortly after the family spoke at a press conference, the Army’s criminal investigations unit confirmed that an active soldier committed suicide when questioned regarding Guillen’s disappearance. They also reported that a woman, the wife of a former Fort Hood soldier, was arrested for her alleged connection to the case.
Shortly after, in another statement from the base, it was reported that for her time in service, soldier Vanessa Guillen was promoted to the rank of ‘specialist’ as of this Wednesday, July 1.
Below we summarize these most recent points of the case that remain to be resolved:
WAS GUILLEN HARASSED AS YOU SECURE YOUR FAMILY?
For weeks, Guillen’s family and her lawyer have claimed that the soldier told them that she was being harassed by a superior inside the base. “On February 8, Vanessa told me that she was very worried because she was being sexually harassed by a sergeant at the base. She told me that she was afraid to report what had happened because nobody would believe her,” her mother, Gloria Guillen, recently said. At the press conference in Washington on Wednesday, the family reiterated with frustration how they received “laughs” in response when they initially went to the base to try to find out what had happened to their missing sister. And they reiterated that there was a pattern of harassment against the soldier.
WHO ARE THE HUMAN REMAINS FOUND NEAR THE LEON RIVER?
The criminal investigations unit confirmed to wepublishnews on Tuesday that remains described as “partially human” were found near the Leon River in Bell County.
“Due to the exhaustive investigative work carried out by special agents from the Army’s criminal investigations command, agents returned to an area of interest near the Leon River, in Bell County, to do more investigative work in the search for soldier Vanessa Guillen” Christopher Gray, a spokesman for that unit, wrote in an email.
Upon receiving additional information, the agents found what have been described as partially human remains after analysis by a forensic anthropologist (…) There is no confirmation at this point about the identity of these remains, “which may take time, he added.
WHAT RELATION COULD THE SUSPECTED SOLDIER HAVE SUICIDE AND THE ARRESTED WOMAN HAVE?
On the morning of this Wednesday, an edge was opened in the case when the Army’s investigative unit confirmed the suicide of an active soldier when the authorities went to question him in relation to Guillen’s disappearance.he also specified that a woman, the wife of a former Fort Hood soldier, was arrested and was awaiting the charges.
“A suspected military officer is dead after killing himself yesterday in Killeen, Texas, and a suspicious civilian was arrested by the Texas Rangers in connection with the disappearance of Private Vanessa Guillen,” that unit said in a statement. The man, Killeen police had previously said, pulled out a gun and shot himself when officers tried to make contact with him.
“The soldier’s name will not be released at this time until her relatives are notified. The suspected civilian is the wife of a former Fort Hood soldier and is currently in custody at the Bell County Jail awaiting indictment by civilian authorities, “added the investigative unit, which continues to work at the site near the León river where human remains were found on the eve.
WHAT HAPPENED ON APRIL 22 WHEN HE WAS LAST SEEN IN A PARKING LOT?
Guillen was last seen on April 22 inside the Fort Hood, Texas, military base. Since then her family has not heard from her.
After her disappearance, some of her belongings, such as the keys to her room, her wallet, and her documents, were later found in the area where she worked that day. She was last seen in the parking lot of the Regional Engineer Squadron.
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