Army officials said Tuesday they have recovered human remains in the ongoing search for 20-year-old Army private Vanessa Guillen.
The Criminal Investigation Command said remains were found in a shallow grave in an area near the Leon River in Bell County, Texas, where they ran a search for the missing Fort Hood soldier last week. The army has yet to identify the remains.
“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,” the Army said in a statement.
According to reports, Guillen disappeared on April 22. She was last seen at 1 p.m. at the parking lot of the Regimental Engineer Squadron Headquarters, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, in Fort Hood.
The 20-year-old left behind her car keys, barracks room key, identification card, and wallet in the Arms room, where she works. Guillen was also called in on her day off, but, it is still uncertain who called her in and why.
No suspects have been named at this time. However, Guillen’s mother, Gloria Guillen, insists that a sergeant at the base had been sexually harassing her daughter.
U.S. representative Sylvia Garcia, who has been working with Guillen’s family says military officials also believe there was foul play involved.
Fort Hood officials promised to look into the allegations of sexual harassment weeks ago.
Guillen’s disappearance prompted scores of women to come forward with their own stories of sexual harassment in the military. The hashtag #IamVanessaGuillen went trending on social media.