Army Addressed Case Of Missing Spc Vanessa Guillen
In a press conference on July 2, the US Army addressed the case of a Fort Hood Soldier missing since April 22, 2020. SPC Vanessa Guillen (pronounced GEEyen), 20, was last seen in a parking lot at Fort Hood. One person suspected in the case killed himself before authorities could question him, and another person was arrested. Remains that possibly could be those of Vanessa Guillen were found about 20-30 miles East of Fort Hood. The Army has not received DNA verification yet on the remains.
As authorities approached the man, identified as Aaron David Robinson, of Calumet City, Illinois, he reportedly pulled out a gun and shot himself. The other person arrested has not yet been identified.
The Army Times reported,
Texas EquuSearch founder Tim Miller told ABC13 that the remains currently being investigated were found in a shallow grave a few feet from where a search was previously conducted.
“It’s believed to be her pending positive identification. That would be determined by the medical examiner’s office. But I’m confident to say that the search for Vanessa is now over,” Miller told ABC13.
Guillen, a 20-year-old soldier, was last seen in the parking lot of her squadron headquarters for 3rd Cavalry Regiment on Fort Hood. She had been working in the armory prior to her disappearance.
Guillen’s mother has said that her daughter experienced sexual harassment from a sergeant. The 3rd Cavalry Regiment opened a separate investigation into those allegations earlier this month.
IF the remains hold to belong to SPC Vanessa Guillen, it speaks of a horrific crime committed on base. According to Fox 13, this is what the lawyer told them:
Lawyer Natalie Khawam said the U.S. Army Criminal Investigations Division told her that the other soldier bludgeoned 20-year-old soldier Vanessa Guillen with a hammer at Fort Hood and later dismembered her and buried the remains in the woods…
…Khawam said she met with investigators from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigations Division on Wednesday evening and was told the other soldier cleaned up the area where Guillen was killed, placed her body in a container and wheeled her out to his car.
Later that afternoon, Khawam said, the soldier drove to pick up a woman and took the body to a nearby river. There, Khawam said, the pair tried to burn Guillen’s body, but later dismembered it with a machete. Then, they put cement on the body and buried the remains.
Tim Miller, of Texas Equusearch, who was assisting in the search for Guillen, told KHOU Thursday that investigators found a lid last week that belonged to a container consistent with one a witness saw loaded into a car at 8:30 the night Guillen disappeared.
Investigators were called back to the scene this week when a man working in the area reported a foul odor. Miller said it appeared the suspect “buried her, put lime on her, mixed up concrete, put that over her, put dirt over her, rocks and stuff.”
Vanessa Guillen’s family has called for a Congressional investigation into the lack of transparency they say has caused them grief from the beginning, as well as the allegations of sexual assault. Guillen was set to be promoted in June from Pvt to Spc and the Army has done so. The investigation is ongoing.
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