'All we want is her with us': Search continues for soldier missing for a week

Published: Apr. 29, 2020 at 8:24 PM CDT
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It's been one week since a Fort Hood soldier was last seen, leaving her family and friends searching for answers.

"It felt like it has been forever. It actually feels so much longer than a week," said Mayra Guillen.

Mayra Guillen's sister, Pfc. Vanessa Guillen, 20, was last seen at 1 p.m. on April 22 in the parking lot of her Regimental Engineer Squadron Headquarters.

Vanessa's car keys, room key, ID card and wallet were later found in the armory room where she was working earlier in the day.

"She was a very responsible person. She just wouldn't leave her stuff there. I know my sister, she wouldn't leave stuff there if she knew she wasn't coming back," said Mayra.

In the days that have passed, many are wondering how could a soldier go missing on a military post.

Vanessa's family hopes someone comes forward with any information leading to her safe return.

"At this point, just hopes someone comes with a concrete answer, they can tell us something...anything...something concrete. There has to be something," Mayra said.

Across Central Texas, posters have been put up. News of Vanessa's disappearance has also traveled across the country. A Facebook group has been created, all in hopes in finding her.

"Honestly, all we want is her with us...nothing else," Mayra said.

Texas EquuSearch, a search and rescue organization, tells KWTX they have been in contact with the family. They are waiting on law enforcement on whether or not they would be needed in the search.

Guillen, whose hometown is Houston, is five feet, two inches tall, 126 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black t-shirt and purple fitness-type pants.

A reward of up to $15,000 is being offered for information leading to Vanessa's whereabouts.

Anyone with information should contact Army CID Special Agents at 254-495-7767 or the Military Police Desk at (254) 287-4001.

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