Vanessa Guillen Bio – Wiki
Private first class Vanessa Guillen, a soldier last stationed at an army base in Fort Hood, Texas, has been missing since April 22 even though most of her belongings, including her car, car keys, and wallet, were left behind.
Since her disappearance, rallies have been held, the reward has been increased and celebrities such as Salma Hayek have gotten involved to raise the profile of her disappearance. Remains were also found near Fort Hood, leading some to speculate that Guillen had been found, which the Army has disputed.
REWARD INCREASED IN MISSING SOLDIER CASE
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— Fort Hood (@forthood) June 15, 2020
She was 20 years old.
Vanessa Guillen Disappearance
Vanessa Guillen, a soldier stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, has been missing since the afternoon of Wednesday, April 22. Her car keys, car and wallet were still at the base, but she may have had her phone with her. If you have any information, please call the Army CID Special Agents at 254-495-7767 or the Military Police at 254-287-4001. Here’s what we know so far about what happened to Vanessa Guillen.
According to a Facebook post by a friend, her phone pinged in a couple of locations in Texas the day she went missing. Authorities have not confirmed this information and the post is no longer visible, so it’s not clear if this information was accurate.
It’s not known if Guillen was last seen by a specific person or on camera.
On Monday, Fort Hood officials said they expected an update from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command but didn’t get any new information, the Statesman reported.
Guillen’s sister, Mayra Guillen, said she last spoke with her sister the night before she was last seen. They talked about how Vanessa had planned to buy a new car, Mayra told the Statesman.
Guillen, 20, is stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. She was last seen at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, in the parking lot of the Regimental Engineer Squadron Headquarters, 3rd Cavalry Regiment at Fort Hood, according to an Army press release. She’s a Private First Class in the Army, CNN reported. Family members circulating a missing person flyer said she was last seen in the Hell on Wheels parking lot between 16th and 19th streets on Fort Hood.
Fort Hood is located in Killeen, Texas. This map shows the general location of the Fort Hood base.
Remains in Fort Hood
Local TV station ABC-13 reported that the skeletal remains of a body were found in a field near the 3200 blocks of Florence Road. The discovery led to social media posts suggesting that Guillen had been found.
However, the U.S. Army’s Criminal Investigation Command (CID) said that “they have no credible information that any of the social media posts were true,” according to Chicago TV station ABC-7.
Gracias a dios que no es mi hermana 🙏🏻
— Mayra Guillen (@mguilen_) June 20, 2020
Vanessa’s sister, Mayra Guillen, tweeted in Spanish, “Thank god she is not my sister.”
The Army initially offered a $15,000 reward and later increased it to $25,000 and the League of Urban Latin American Citizens (LULAC) also contributed $25,000, CNN reported. Houston rapper Baby Bash also said that he would add $5,000 to the reward via Facebook, bringing the total to $55,000.
Guillen is still considered missing.
The Army’s Criminal Investigation Command has said that it is investigating claims that Guillen was sexually harassed, according to ABC-7. Col. Ralph Overland, commander of the 3rd Calvary Regiment, said that he had already opened an investigation into the allegations before Guillen disappeared based on information from Guillen’s family. “I take allegations of sexual harassment very seriously and we are conducting a thorough investigation,” he said.
According to what Attorney Natalie Khawam told ABC-7, Guillen had told family members that she was the victim of two instances of sexual harassment, but didn’t report them because she was afraid of retaliation. Khawam said Guillen had said in one instance, a superior had walked in on Guillen showering and in another instance, someone made vulgar remarks to her in Spanish. According to what CNN reported, one of the people harassing Guillen was one of her sergeants.
“The facts aren’t good. I don’t like them,” Khawam said in the ABC-7 report. “There were a few incidents where she had told her colleagues, her friends, her family about being sexually harassed but she was afraid to report it. How does someone disappear on a base that has more protection and safeguards than anyone else on the planet?”