Witnesses reported finding unidentified remains on Saturday in Killeen, Texas, as crews continued their search for missing Fort Hood soldier, Vanessa Guillen.
ABC 13 reports that authorities were called to the 3400 block of Florence Road on Saturday afternoon after the discovery of the remains were found near an area where searchers found the remains of soldier Gregory Wedel-Morales earlier this month.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Morales disappeared from Fort Hood in August 2019. The US Army Criminal Investigation Command said that Morales’s remains were found in a field after special agents had “received information” about their location.
According to police, witnesses told officers on Saturday that they had located “some kind of unidentified remains.” Detectives with the Homicide Unit removed the remains and reportedly sent them off for testing at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas.
It’s not clear at this point if the remains found are human or animal, police said. No other details have been released at this time.
Meanwhile, the search continues of Guillen, who disappeared on April 22. She was last seen at around 1 p.m. at the parking lot of the Regimental Engineer Squadron Headquarters, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, in Fort Hood.
Guillen left behind her car keys, barracks room key, identification card, and wallet in the Arms room, where she works. She was also called in on her day off, but it’s unclear who called her in or why.
Guillen’s mother, Gloria Guillen, previously told CrimeOnline that a sergeant at the base had been sexually harassing her daughter. Guillen told her mother she felt unsafe at the base but planned to “take care of it.” Within a few weeks, Guillen disappeared.
President of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Domingo Garcia, announced earlier this month that his organization would add an additional $25,000 reward, to go along with a previous $25,000 reward offered by the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command.
“This shouldn’t be happening,” family attorney Natalie Khawam told CBS News. “This is on a federal government base. A military base. There has to be more accountability. And [there are] more protections and safeguards than anywhere else.
“How can you not have these answers? The irony. You talk about all these gate checks and all these security checks… yet someone goes missing? This doesn’t happen. And the fact that, she wasn’t even supposed to be working that day. She was off that day. Why did they call her in?”
Rapper Baby Bash also offered $5,000, bringing the total amount to $55,000, according to NBC 6.
Guillen, who was born and raised in the Houston area, is described as a Hispanic female who stands 5 feet 2 inches tall, weighs 126 pounds, and has black hair and brown eyes. She has three tattoos: a cross with a flower and a flower, both on her left arm, and a mountain on her upper left shoulder. She also has a mole on the left side of her chin.
An eyewitness reportedly saw Vanessa near her barracks on the day she disappeared. She was wearing black Nike shoes, a black Nike shirt, and purple leggings.
Family members said that Guillen not only loved to jog but has always been avid about sports and learning. She graduated in the top 15% of her high school class, where she played soccer and remained active with other physical activities.
Guillen had always dreamed of serving and protecting her country.
Anyone with any information on the missing soldier’s whereabouts is urged to contact the Army CID Special Agents at 254-495-7767 or the Military Police Desk at 254-287-4001.
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[Feature Photo: Vanessa Guillen/Handout]