An American-nationality, Vanessa Guillen was born and raised in the Houston area. She loved to jog but has always been avid about sports and learning.” Guillen reportedly graduated in the top 15% of her high school class, “where she played soccer and remained active with other physical activities.”
Prior to her disappearance, Vanessa had expressed to her mother Gloria that she did not feel safe at Fort Hood. Vanessa told her mother that she was being stalked, harassed, and stared at by a sergeant which made her very uncomfortable. Guillen stated that the unnamed sergeant would follow her while she went jogging. Guillen stated that she had trouble sleeping, something which had never happened to her previously. She referred to the Fort Hood base as “evil.”
In response, Vanessa’s mother stated that she would report the sergeant. Frightened for her mother’s safety, Vanessa expressed she would address the issue herself.
Guillen went missing at 1 p.m. on April 22nd, 2020 in the parking lot of Regimental Engineer Squadron Headquarters at Fort Hood, a U.S. military post which covers “roughly 340 square miles of Coryell and Bell counties in central Texas between Waco and Austin and is home to III Corps and the First Cavalry Division, as well as many tenant units.” She was last seen wearing a black shirt and purple fitness-type pants. Guillen was described as being “of Hispanic descent, 5 feet, 2 inches tall, 126 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.” According to her family’s website, Guillen “has tattoos of a cross with a flower on her left arm, a flower also on her left arm and a mountain with a circle on her upper left shoulder.”
In June, more than 160 people had been interviewed regarding Guillen’s disappearance. Ground and air searches were conducted by the army in the Fort Hood and Central Texas region. Her regiment commander stated “Vanessa Guillen is a highly valued member of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment. We will maintain our resolve to locate Pfc. Vanessa Guillen and will continue our efforts until she is found. We will never quit searching”.
30th June findings
Investigators had “returned to an area of interest close to the Leon River, Bell County, Texas, for more investigative work” and discovered partial human remains, the Army CID said.
Agents are currently on scene with the Texas Rangers, the FBI, and the Bell County Sheriff’s Office. CID says no other information will be released at this time.
The CID also said that the identity of the remains has not been confirmed. “The remains were found in a shallow grave and search operations have been suspended until the identification of the remains is confirmed”, said Tim Miller, the director and founder of Texas EquuSearch.
According to CID, due to “extensive investigative work,” agents had returned to the area to conduct more investigative work. They discovered what has been described as “partial human remains” after analysis from a forensic anthropologist.
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