Month-long search for missing Fort Hood soldier continues

Published: May. 21, 2020 at 4:30 PM CDT
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A month-long search for a Fort Hood soldier who disappeared in April involving hundreds of soldiers, state and local law enforcement agencies and the FBI has come up empty, but the investigation, led by the U.S. Army’s Criminal Investigation Command, remains “open and active,” officials said Thursday.

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

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

At one point, more than 500 soldiers from the 3rd Cavalry Division searched daily on foot in training areas, barracks and across the post, Fort Hood Public Affairs Director Tom said in press release Thursday.

“More targeted searches are ongoing with smaller groups of soldiers,” he said.

“Aircraft from the 1st Cavalry Division provided more than 100 hours of flight time to the search both on and off the installation.”

Soldiers from Guillen’s unit have “made themselves available to the Guillen family,” officials said, and CID agents are keeping family members informed about the investigation, Rhinelander said.

Authorities are asking anyone with information to call CID agents at (254) 495-7767.