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QUANTICO, Virginia (June 29, 2020) – 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.

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.

Persons with information can contact Army CID Special Agents at 254-287-2722 or the Military Police Desk at 254-288-1170. They can also anonymously submit information at https://www.cid.army.mil/report-a-crime.html. People wishing to remain anonymous will be honored to the degree allowable under the law and the information will be held in the strictest confidence allowable.

For more information about CID or to report a crime, visit www.cid.army.mil.

For more information on the search for Pfc. Vanessa Guillen visit https://home.army.mil/hood/index.php/find-vanessa-guillen.

By Mr. Michael M. Novogradac, U.S. Army Operational Test Command

WEST FORT HOOD, Texas — The unit responsible for testing new and modernized Army equipment bid farewell to its Command Sergeant Major during a virtual Relinquishment of Responsibility ceremony here Tuesday.

Command Sgt. Maj. William A. Justice, U.S. Army Operational Test Command’s (OTC) 19th senior enlisted man since Dec. 3, 2018, is moving across the country with his wife Tina to become the installation Command Sergeant Major at Fort Irwin, California.

Justice is no stranger to Irwin, where he served as the National Training Center Operations Group Command Sergeant Major from October 2014 to May 2017, filling the role as the Army’s senior enlisted Cavalry Trainer, observing, coaching, and training Cavalry Squadron troops.

Col. Frederick R. Snyder, ceremony host and acting commander and chief of staff of OTC, reflected on Justice’s time as the unit’s Senior NCO.

“We may be making some new traditions in these virtual events, but it is important that the workforce be part of this farewell,” Snyder said, referring to virtual ceremony events during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Snyder explained how he and Justice — both Tankers — did not realize the importance of the enormous impact OTC makes on the Army every day by virtue of its equipment testing mission.

“The Army could not have chosen a better family to go lead Soldiers at the National Training Center,” Snyder said. “The Army is in good hands with both of you there making sure our sons and daughters are ready to go into harm’s way.”

Snyder turned the podium over to Justice, but not before giving it a thorough wipe-down with a virus-killing sanitary wipe.

Justice thanked God for the day and all His blessings, and for allowing him and Tina to be a part of OTC and meeting so many amazing people.

He said, “This is a special place, and what makes it special are the people and the mission — The Civilians and Soldiers that come to work here every day to invest in the future of our Army and the future of the Soldiers that will fill its ranks.”

Justice pondered his over 18 months at OTC.

“I didn’t think there was any higher calling than ensuring that America’s sons and daughters had the best equipment that our country could provide for them,” he said.

“After my time here — serving with the dedicated people that make up the OTC family — I believe that even more now that I did then. This has been an incredible assignment for me. I have learned a great deal from all of you.”

In closing, Justice told everyone, “Please know that each one of you have been an incredible blessing in our lives and that we’ve been proud to serve with you, and you make a tremendous impact on our mission.”

On Wednesday, OTC will welcome Sgt. Maj. Angelo Johnson from its Fire Support Test Directorate (FSTD) at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, as he steps in to fill the role as interim senior enlisted advisor until a new CSM arrives.

At FSTD, Johnson is the senior NCO responsible for operational tests, assessments, and experiments which include cannon, rocket and missile artillery, counter-fire radar systems, target location devices, and Fire Support Command and Control (FSC2) systems.

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About the U.S. Army Operational Test Command:

As the Army’s only independent operational tester, OTC enlists the “Total Army” (Active, National Guard, and Reserve) when testing Army, joint, and multi-service warfighting systems in realistic operational environments, using typical Soldiers to determine whether the systems are effective, suitable, and survivable. OTC is required by public law to test major systems before they are fielded to its ultimate customer – the American Soldier.

Click on photos for higher resolution photos. Spanish translations are below.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The names of some of the Soldiers below have been withheld to protect them against online harassment.

By: Maj. Marion Jo Nederhoed
3rd Cavalry Regiment Public Affairs

FORT HOOD, Texas — The 3rd Cavalry Regiment continues to aggressively search for Pfc. Vanessa Guillén, a Fort Hood Soldier assigned to 3rd Cavalry Regiment who went missing on April 22.

“As soon as we found out Pfc. Guillén was missing we started searching for her,” a specialist from the Regimental Engineer Squadron said.  “Troopers within the regiment have walked, driven and searched the training areas day in and day out and we will continue to search for her until she is found.”

Searches have included buildings, barracks, fields, training areas, lakes, and trails all over Fort Hood.

“Once I participated in our search operations for Pfc. Guillén, I realized how thorough the searches were,” a private 1st class from the squadron said.  “First we started on the roads, then we looked through tree lines moving deeper into the woods and behind the training areas — leaving no stone unturned.”

Twenty-year-old Vanessa Guillén was last seen April 22 between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in the parking lot of her Regimental Engineer Squadron Headquarters, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, and has not been heard from since that date. Her car keys, barracks room key, identification card and wallet were later found in the armory room where she was working earlier in the day. She was last observed walking toward a parking lot wearing a black t-shirt and purple fitness-type pants.

The 3rd Cavalry Regiment’s investigative team appointed by Col. Ralph Overland, 3rd CR commander, also continues to investigate allegations that Pfc. Guillén was a victim of sexual harassment.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Pfc. Vanessa Guillén, her family, and friends. We will not stop until we find Vanessa Guillén,” Overland said.

CID is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for credible information leading to the whereabouts of Vanessa Guillén.

Persons with information can contact Army CID Special Agents at (254) 495-7767. They can also anonymously submit information at https://www.cid.army.mil/report-a-crime.html.


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El 3er Regimiento de Calvario no deja piedra sin mover en la búsqueda de Soldado Primera Clase Vanessa Guillén

NOTA DEL EDITOR: Los nombres de los soldados han sido ocultados para protegerlos contra el acoso en la red.

Por: Mayor Marion Jo Nederhoed
Relaciones Publicas del 3er Regimiento de Calvario

FORT HOOD, Tejas – El 3er Regimiento de Calvario continúa buscando agresivamente a la Soldado Primera Clase Vanessa Guillén, una soldado de Fort Hood asignada al 3er Regimiento de Calvario que desapareció el 22 de abril.

“Tan pronto como descubrimos que la Soldado Primera Clase Guillén estaba desaparecida, comenzamos a buscarla”, dijo un especialista del Escuadrón de Ingenieros Regionales. “Los soldados dentro del regimiento han caminado, conducido y buscado las áreas de entrenamiento día tras día y continuaremos buscándola hasta que la encontremos.”

Las búsquedas han incluido edificios, cuarteles, campos, áreas de entrenamiento, lagos y senderos por toda la base.

“Una vez que participé en nuestras operaciones de búsqueda de la Soldado Primera Clase Guillén, me di cuenta de lo meticulosas que fueron las búsquedas”, dijo una soldado primera clase del escuadrón. “Primero comenzamos en las carreteras, luego miramos a través de las hileras de árboles y más adentro en el bosque y detrás de las áreas de entrenamiento, sin dejar piedra sin mover.”

Vanessa Guillén, de veinte años, fue vista por última vez el 22 de abril entre las 11:30 a.m. y las 12:30 p.m. en el estacionamiento de su cuartel del Escuadrón de Ingenieros Regionales, 3er Regimiento de Calvario, y no se ha tenido noticias desde esa fecha. Las llaves de su auto, la llave de su cuarto, la tarjeta de identificación y la billetera se encontraron más tarde en la sala de armería donde trabajó más temprano en el día. La última vez que se la vio fue caminando hacia el estacionamiento con una camiseta negra y pantalones morados.

El equipo de investigación del 3er Regimiento de Calvario, designado por el Coronel Ralph Overland, comandante del 3er Regimiento de Calvario, también continúa investigando las denuncias de que Soldado Primera Clase Guillén fue víctima de acoso sexual.

“Nuestros pensamientos y oraciones están con Soldado Primera Clase Vanessa Guillén, su familia y amigos. No nos detendremos hasta encontrar a Vanessa Guillén ”, dijo Overland.

La División de Investigación Criminal (CID) del Ejercito ofrece una recompensa de hasta $ 25,000 por información creíble que conduzca al paradero de Vanessa Guillén.

Personas con información pueden comunicarse con los Agentes Especiales del CID al (254) 495-7767. También pueden enviar información de forma anónima en https://www.cid.army.mil/report-a-crime.html.

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Se siguen realizando búsquedas para la soldado desaparecida Soldado Primera Clase Vanessa Guillén. Soldados del Escuadrón Trueno, 3er Regimiento de Calvario, reciben un breve informe antes de salir a buscar recientemente en el área de entrenamiento en Fort Hood, Tejas. (Foto cortesía del Ejército de EE.UU.)
Se siguen realizando búsquedas para la soldado desaparecida Soldado Primera Clase Vanessa Guillén. Soldados del Escuadrón Trueno, 3er Regimiento de Calvario, miran un mapa durante los esfuerzos de búsqueda recientemente en el área de entrenamiento en Fort Hood, Tejas. (Foto cortesía del Ejército de EE.UU.)

 

FORT HOOD, Texas – Fort Hood leadership welcomed Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia, congressional staff members from Senator Ted Cruz, Congressman John Carter, Congressman Roger Williams, and members of Pfc. Vanessa Guillén’s family here June 23 to discuss details of the ongoing investigation of Pfc. Guillén’s disappearance.

The in-person visit follows multiple in-person and virtual meetings between Garcia, the Guillén family, and unit leadership.

“I want to thank Fort Hood for welcoming me and the Guillén family today,” said Representative Sylvia Garcia. “I still have many questions after my visit, but I appreciate their commitment to finding Vanessa and willingness to continue working with us until Vanessa is found.”

During the visit, Col. Ralph Overland, 3rd CR commander, and U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division agents updated Garcia and the Guillén family on the most recent searches and status of the investigation, and also showed them Vanessa’s work area and the parking lot where she was last seen.

“We appreciate the opportunity to provide the Guillen family, Congresswoman Garcia, and other congressional delegates a comprehensive update,” Overland said. “They are Vanessa’s family, and Vanessa is part of our family. We all have the same goal—to find Vanessa and bring her home. The Regiment is fully committed to this and we will not stop until we find her.”

The 20-year-old Vanessa Guillén was last seen April 22 between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in the parking lot of her Regimental Engineer Squadron Headquarters, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, hereand has not been heard from since that date. Her car keys, barracks room key, identification card and wallet were later found in the armory room where she was working earlier in the day. She was last observed in the parking lot wearing a black t-shirt and purple fitness-type pants.

Other Congressional members provided the following statements on their impressions of the meeting.

Senator Ted Cruz

“I want to thank Fort Hood leadership for briefing my staff on the investigation into Pfc. Vanessa Guillén’s disappearance,” said Senator Ted Cruz. “I hope we will have answers about what happened soon, and we will continue to provide any assistance we can.

Congressman John Carter

“The disappearance of Pfc. Vanessa Guillén is a heartbreaking situation, and our community is praying for her safe return,” said Representative John Carter. “I appreciate Ft. Hood for their ongoing efforts to keep me and my team updated on the extensive search for Pfc. Guillén. I will continue working with Representative Garcia and Fort Hood to ensure that every effort persists to find Vanessa and bring her home.”

Congressman Roger Williams

“I want to thank Col. Ralph Overland and the Army Criminal Investigation Division agents for briefing us on the latest developments and efforts in the search for Pfc. Vanessa Guillen,”  said Representative Roger Williams. “I continue to closely monitor the situation and communicate with Fort Hood leadership as the investigation into her disappearance continues. My prayers are with the Guillén family and all of those working around the clock to bring one of our nation’s heroes home.”

CID is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for credible information leading to the whereabouts of Vanessa Guillén.

Persons with information can contact Army CID Special Agents at (254) 495-7767.  They can also anonymously submit information at https://www.cid.army.mil/report-a-crime.html 

 

UPDATE: FORT HOOD, Texas — Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier whose skeletal remains were discovered June 19 in Killeen, Texas.

Pvt. Gregory Scott Morales, 24, whose home of record is listed as Sapulpa, Oklahoma, entered the Army in June 2015 as a motor transport operator and had been assigned to the 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division since November 2016.

Morales’ awards and decorations include two Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Driver and Mechanics Badge and Army Service Ribbon.

“The First Team is saddened by the news of the passing of PV2 Gregory Morales.  His life was taken too soon, and we appreciate his service to our nation,” said Maj. Gen. Jeffery Broadwater, commander, 1st Cavalry Division.

Foul play is suspected at this point in the investigation. Army Special Agents are working closely with the Killeen Police Department and are offering a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone with credible information concerning the circumstances surrounding the death of Morales.

Persons with information can contact Army CID Special Agents at 254-287-2722 or the Military Police Desk at 254-288-1170.  They can also anonymously submit information at https://www.cid.army.mil/report-a-crime.html.  They can also contact their local police departments.  People wishing to remain anonymous will be honored to the degree allowable under the law and the information will be held in the strictest confidence allowable.

QUANTICO, VA (June 21, 2020) – The skeletal remains of a missing Soldier discovered Friday in Killeen, Texas have been positively identified as those of Private Gregory Morales.

Morales’ remains were discovered in a field near the 3200 block of Florence Road Friday morning after U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command Special Agents received information as to the location of the body.

Foul play is suspected at this point in the investigation.  Army Special Agents are working closely with the Killeen Police Department and are offering a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone with credible information concerning the circumstances surrounding the death of Morales.

Morales was positively identified using dental records with the assistance of the U.S. Army Dental Corps.

Private Morales was last seen driving his personally owned vehicle outside of Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas on the night of Aug. 19, 2019.  The last known verbal contact with Morales was Aug. 20, 2019. Morales, also known as Gregory Wedel, was out processing from the Army and was scheduled to be discharged within a couple of days when he disappeared. Wedel was his last name before taking his wife’s name in marriage.

An autopsy is scheduled to determine the cause and manner of death.

At this point, investigators have no credible information that this case is in any way connected to the search for Pfc. Vanessa Guillen who went missing from Fort Hood in April. That investigation is still being aggressively investigated.

Army CID would like to thank the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the Killeen Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety for the assistance provided during this investigation.

Persons with information can contact Army CID Special Agents at 254-287-2722 or the Military Police Desk at 254-288-1170.  They can also anonymously submit information at https://www.cid.army.mil/report-a-crime.html.  They can also contact their local police departments.  People wishing to remain anonymous will be honored to the degree allowable under the law and the information will be held in the strictest confidence allowable.

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Private Gregory Morales

QUANTICO, VA (June 21, 2020) – The skeletal remains of a missing Soldier discovered Friday in Killeen, Texas have been positively identified as those of Private Gregory Morales.

Morales’ remains were discovered in a field near the 3200 block of Florence Road Friday morning after U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command Special Agents received information as to the location of the body.

Foul play is suspected at this point in the investigation.  Army Special Agents are working closely with the Killeen Police Department and are offering a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone with credible information concerning the circumstances surrounding the death of Morales.

Morales was positively identified using dental records with the assistance of the U.S. Army Dental Corps.

Private Morales was last seen driving his personally owned vehicle outside of Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas on the night of Aug. 19, 2019.  The last known verbal contact with Morales was Aug. 20, 2019. Morales, also known as Gregory Wedel, was out processing from the Army and was scheduled to be discharged within a couple of days when he disappeared. Wedel was his last name before taking his wife’s name in marriage.

An autopsy is scheduled to determine the cause and manner of death.

At this point, investigators have no credible information that this case is in any way connected to the search for Pfc. Vanessa Guillen who went missing from Fort Hood in April. That investigation is still being aggressively investigated.

Army CID would like to thank the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the Killeen Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety for the assistance provided during this investigation.

Persons with information can contact Army CID Special Agents at 254-287-2722 or the Military Police Desk at 254-288-1170.  They can also anonymously submit information at https://www.cid.army.mil/report-a-crime.html.  They can also contact their local police departments.  People wishing to remain anonymous will be honored to the degree allowable under the law and the information will be held in the strictest confidence allowable.

For more information about CID or to report a crime, visit www.cid.army.mil.

 

FORT HOOD, Texas —  3rd Cavalry Regiment Troopers continued their searches for Pfc. Vanessa Guillen June 17-18 in the training area near the regiment area of operations. The search then expanded north on the east side of the training area here.

The Soldiers from Aries Troop, Pioneer Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, conducted the searches along with Soldiers from the 74th Multi-Bridge Reconnaissance Company, 62nd Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade.

Previous searches included 3rd CR buildings, barracks, fields, training areas, lakes, and trails all over Fort Hood, Texas.

“The 3rd Cavalry Regiment continues to aggressively search for Pfc. Vanessa Guillen and we will not stop until we find her,” said 3rd Cavalry Regiment Commander Col. Ralph Overland. “Our number one mission is to find Pfc. Vanessa Guillen. I’m laser focused on that. We are working with CID and law enforcement and we will not stop.”

Guillen was last seen April 22 between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in the parking lot of her Regimental Engineer Squadron Headquarters, 3rd Cavalry Regiment and has not been heard from since that date. In the days, weeks, and now months since Guillen disappeared, Lt. Col. Edward Gavin, Pioneer Squadron commander, said Tomahawk Troop where Guillen was assigned to, Pioneer Squadron and 3rd Cavalry Regiment have participated with the CID investigation and local and federal law enforcement agencies to find Guillen.

“Tomahawk troop, Pioneer Squadron and 3rd Cavalry Regiment have led hundreds of hours of searches through the buildings, barracks, fields, training areas, lakes, and trails all over Fort Hood Texas,” Gavin said. “In true Cavalry spirit, we have sought to develop the situation by action, not leaving to chance that Guillen may be on-post.  It breaks my heart for her family, with so many unanswered questions, but also for this troop – who have many of the same questions and are still searching for evidence of her whereabouts.”

Troopers from all squadrons across the regiment have been aggressively participating in the effort to find Guillen because they are dedicated to their mission and will never leave a comrade behind, he said.

I have participated in the search operations for Pfc. Guillen and every Trooper out there is giving maximum effort, said a Pioneer Squadron Trooper. It is frustrating that we haven’t found any clues or anything to help. It is reassuring to be a part of the search operations because it makes me feel like if anything happens to you, there’s people in our organization that actually care.

Since Guillen’s disappearance April 22, the regiment has been conducting extensive ongoing searches and continues to search every day.

“No one really understands how much we’re searching; I hope we can find her and as much as I know America has faith in us to protect this country and to fight for our nation, I feel like they should have faith in us to know that we are doing everything possible to find her,” said Sergeant 1st Class Ashlee Ibarra.

“Our thoughts and prayers remain with Pfc. Guillen and her Family as we continue to search. Our duty and commitment is to Pfc. Guillen, her family, and friends and we will not stop until we find her,” Overland said.

Fort Hood CID agents continue to conduct interviews and follow up on all credible investigative leads.

We encourage anyone who may have information, no matter how minor, that could help in the safe return of Guillen to call CID agents at 254-495-7767 and share that information with them, said Tom Rheinlander, Fort Hood Director of Public Affairs.

FORT HOOD, Texas — The 3rd Cavalry Regiment commander, Col. Ralph Overland, has appointed an investigating team led by a senior investigating officer (IO) to conduct a commander’s investigation, referred to as an “AR 15-6 Investigation” into allegations that Pfc. Vanessa Guillen was sexually harassed.

Pfc. Vanessa Guillen is a Fort Hood Soldier assigned to 3rd CR and has been missing from her unit since April 22.

An AR 15-6 Investigation is the Army’s standard method of investigation and is used to collect and analyze facts and make recommendations based on those facts.

The IO will gather the evidence, thoroughly and impartially consider it, and make findings and recommendations.  Once the investigation is complete, the IO will present the findings and recommendations to Col. Overland for his review.

“I opened an investigation concerning the information provided by the Guillen Family that Pfc. Vanessa Guillen was harassed prior to her disappearance,” said Col. Ralph Overland, Commander of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment.  “I take allegations of sexual harassment very seriously and we are conducting a thorough investigation.”

“The 3rd Cavalry Regiment continues to aggressively search for Pfc. Guillen and will not stop until we find her,” Overland said.

CID is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for credible information leading to the whereabouts of Vanessa Guillen.

Tom Rheinlander, Fort Hood’s Public Affairs Office director, reiterated, “We encourage anyone who may have information, no matter how minor, that could help in the safe return of Vanessa Guillen to please call CID agents at 254-495-7767 and share that information with them.”

CID agents also can be contacted online at https://www.cid.army.mil/report-a-crime.html. The person providing information can remain anonymous. All credible leads are being investigated.

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QUANTICO, VA (June 15, 2020) –  The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for credible information leading to the whereabouts of missing Fort Hood Soldier, PV2 Gregory Morales.

PV2 Morales was last seen driving his personally owned vehicle outside of Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas on the night of Aug. 19, 2019.  He was driving a 2018 Black KIA Rio with Texas temporary license tags – 46190B3.  The vehicle has been recovered by authorities.

The last known known verbal contact with PV2 Morales was Aug. 20, 2019 and he has not been seen or heard from since that date. Morales was out processing from the Army and was scheduled to be discharged within a couple of days when he disappeared.

Morales may also be using the last name Wedel, which was his last name prior to his marriage.  He was born and raised in Oklahoma and Fort Hood was his first duty station while serving in the Army.  PV2 Morales was known to associate with numerous civilians in and around Central Texas.

At this point, investigators have no credible information that this case is in any way connected to the search for Pfc. Vanessa Guillen who went missing from Fort Hood in April. This allegation has been widely circulated via the media and on social media

Army CID and Fort Hood continue to seek the public’s help in finding PV2 Gregory Morales.  According to CID officials, they are convinced someone knows the whereabouts of Morales and are encouraging people to come forward for the sake of Morales’ wife, step children, mother and fellow Soldiers.

Persons with information can contact Army CID Special Agents at 254-287-2722 or the Military Police Desk at 254-288-1170.  They can also anonymously submit information at https://www.cid.army.mil/report-a-crime.html.  People wishing to remain anonymous will be honored to the degree allowable under the law and the information will be held in the strictest confidence allowable.

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QUANTICO, VA (June 15, 2020) –  The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for credible information leading to the whereabouts of missing Fort Hood Soldier, Pfc. Vanessa Guillen.

The 20-year-old Vanessa Guillen was last seen April 22 between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in the parking lot of her Regimental Engineer Squadron Headquarters, 3rd Cavalry Regiment on Fort Hood, Texas and has not been heard from since that date. Her car keys, barracks room key, identification card and wallet were later found in the armory room where she was working earlier in the day. She was last seen in the parking lot wearing a black t-shirt and purple fitness-type pants.

Originally from Houston, Texas, Pfc. Guillen maintained close ties with her family and the city of her birth, visiting there frequently while stationed at Fort Hood.

Guillen is of Hispanic descent, five feet, two inches tall, 126 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Her Military Occupational Specialty is a 91F, Small Arms/Artillery Repairer. She is an avid runner.

At this point, investigators have no credible information or report that Vanessa Guillen was sexually assaulted or that this case is in any way connected to the investigation into the disappearance of PV2 Gregory Wedel-Morales, who was last seen on the night of Aug. 19, 2019 while driving his car in Killeen, Texas.  Both of these allegations have been widely circulated via the media and on social media.

“We are completely committed to finding Vanessa and aggressively going after every single piece of credible information and every lead in this investigation,” said Chris Grey, spokesman for Army CID. “We will not stop until we find Vanessa.”

More than 150 people have been interviewed and “We are working very closely with multiple law enforcement agencies to include the FBI, Belton Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety, as well as others,” Grey said. “We have also partnered with Texas EquuSearch and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to tap into their resources as well.  We have participated in ground and air searches on Fort Hood and throughout the Central Texas region.”

Army CID and Fort Hood continue to seek the public’s help for information. “We know somebody out there has some very critical information pertaining to this investigation and we strongly encourage you to do the right thing and come forward,” Grey said.  “Do it for Vanessa and do it for her family, friends and fellow Soldiers.”

Persons with information can contact Army CID Special Agents at 254-287-2722 or the Military Police Desk at 254-288-1170.  They can also anonymously submit information at https://www.cid.army.mil/report-a-crime.html.  People wishing to remain anonymous will be honored to the degree allowable under the law and the information will be held in the strictest confidence allowable.

For more information about CID or to report a crime, visit www.cid.army.mil.