- The remains of Vanessa Guillén, a 20-year-old soldier who disappeared more than two months ago, have been identified, a lawyer for Guillén’s family told the Associated Press.
- Last week, human remains were found near the Fort Hood Army Base in Texas, where Guillén disappeared on April 22.
- According to Army investigators, a military suspect committed suicide on Tuesday after investigators attempted to contact him regarding Guillén’s disappearance.
- According to the AP, a criminal complaint published Thursday by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas says that a civilian, Cecily Aguilar, has been arrested and accused of helping to hide Guillén’s body.
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The remains of Pvt. According to a family representative, Vanessa Guillén, a 20-year-old soldier who disappeared more than two months ago, was identified.
Natalie Khawam, a lawyer for the Guillen family, told the Associated Press on Sunday that the remains found last week near the Fort Hood army base in Texas belonged to Guillen. Her family also confirmed the news to The Washington Post.
Khawam told AP that Army investigators used DNA from hair and bone samples to identify Guillén’s remains.
According to the Army Criminal Investigation Command, Guillén was last seen on the morning of April 22 at Fort Hood. His car keys, room keys, ID, and wallet were found in the armory room where he worked earlier in the day. The Army was offering $ 25,000 for information about his disappearance.
Khawam had said in a press release on Tuesday that the Army suspected “foul play” in his disappearance.
“We believe her disappearance is related to Vanessa’s revelation to her mother and friends that her sergeants sexually harassed her at Ford Hood,” Khawam wrote.
Khawam told the AP Sunday that military sexual harassment was an “epidemic.”
“You can’t turn a blind eye anymore,” he told the store.
Army investigators with the Criminal Investigation Command said a military suspect committed suicide on Tuesday after investigators attempted to contact him regarding Guillén’s disappearance. Khawam told the Army Times last week that the man, identified as Spc. Aaron Robinson – used a hammer to attack Guillén, causing “his blood to splatter all over the arsenal”.
Khawam told Army Times that Robinson enlisted the help of his married girlfriend, Cecily Aguilar, to dismember and bury Guillén’s body. Khawam described the incident as a “heinous” act of murder.
According to the AP, a criminal complaint published Thursday by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas said that Aguilar was arrested and accused of helping to hide Guillén’s body.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Representative Jackie Speier of California said in a joint statement Thursday that they were “deeply saddened” by the events in the case and called for a “thorough investigation by the Department of Defense Inspector General.” case management.
“The disappearance of SPC Guillén raises deep and troubling concerns about the Army’s ability to prevent sexual harassment and assault, respond to criminal acts, and provide justice to victims and their families,” the lawmakers wrote.