Social media rumors swirl around search for missing soldier

Published: Jun. 18, 2020 at 7:55 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 18, 2020 at 2:45 PM CDT
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FORT HOOD, Texas (KWTX) - Social media rumors continued to swirl around the search for Fort Hood Pfc. Vanessa Guillen, 20, who vanished without a trace almost two months ago.

A post Thursday suggested Guillen’s body has been found, but Army investigators discounted the rumor.

“Special Agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command have no credible information that this post is true. The individual who posted this no longer resides or is stationed at Fort Hood and is no longer in the Army. However, out of an abundance of caution, we are contacting the individual,” the command said in a statement Thursday.

Guillen disappeared sometime between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on April 22.

She was last seen in the parking lot of her 3rd Cavalry Regiment Engineer Squadron Headquarters.

Keys to her car and her barracks room and her ID card and wallet were later found in the armory room where she had worked earlier in the day.

She was last seen wearing a black T-shirt and purple fitness-type pants.

A $50,000 reward is offered for information leading to her whereabouts.

Fort Hood announced earlier Thursday that it has appointed an investigating team to look into whether Guillen was sexually harassed.

Third Cavalry Regiment commander Col. Ralph Overland appointed the team led by a senior investigating officer to conduct a commander’s investigation, referred to as an “AR 15-6 Investigation” into allegations that Guillen was sexually harassed, the post said.

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