Sgt Elder Fernandes, Another Soldier Goes Missing From Fort Hood
Fort Hood reported another soldier missing: Sgt. Elder Fernandes. He has not been heard from since Monday. He is a Chemical, Biological, Radiolical, and Nuclear Specialist assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division Sustainment Brigade. He has also been reported missing with the Killeen Police Department.
He was last seen by his staff sergeant on Monday afternoon when he dropped Fernandes off at his home on Woodlands Drive in Killeen.
Fernandes is approximately 5’4″ and weighs about 133 lbs. He was last seen wearing black Army PT shorts and T-shirt with red athletic shoes.
We are seeking your help in locating Sgt. Elder Fernandes.
Please contact the Fort Hood Military Police at 254-288-1170 or US Army CID at 254-287-2722, if you have any information on his whereabouts. pic.twitter.com/81I1SEx9hl
— 1st Cavalry Division (@1stCavalryDiv) August 20, 2020
Army officials stated:
“We have completed a search of the entire division area, to include motorpools, parking lots, and headquarters buildings and the unit is in contact with the soldiers family, the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division and civilian law enforcement agencies to help find him as we continue our search.”
Missing persons, Suicides, Homicides, and Accidents
As of July 25, 2020, there have been 23 deaths of Fort Hood Soldiers. Base officials said that there were “seven off-duty accidents; seven suicides; one combat-related death; four homicides, one of which was on the base; two of natural causes; one that was undetermined pending an autopsy; and one drowning” according to reporter Dakon Andone
The Fort Hood Army base has 36,500 soldiers. According to some who served there, there has always been a crime issue. This year does happen to have some high profile crimes that have left people wondering what is going on at the base.
Each individual case that has come up this year appears to be unrelated to the other. Spc Vanessa Guillen was perhaps the most horrifying.
The Army Criminal Investigation Command identified Spc. Aaron David Robinson as a suspect in the case. He died by suicide as law enforcement attempted to make contact with him.
A second suspect, 22-year-old Cecily Aguilar, has been arrested on accusations she helped Robinson, her boyfriend, dismember Guillen’s body and bury it in three different locations.
But others, such as Pvt. Gregory Wedel-Morales who was found dead in June after being missing since 2019, have been high profile as well. Wedel-Morales was orginally declared awol until the autopsy results revealed foul play and a timeline that changed his status.
An Independent civilian panel is investigating the climate and culture of Fort Hood. That investigation began in July.
Featured photo: Sgt Elder Fernandes, US Army