Family, friends search area for missing Fort Hood soldier

KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) Family and friends of a missing Fort Hood soldier traveled from her hometown of Houston to Killeen on Friday, hoping to get answers in her disappearance.

Family and friends of missing Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen arrived in Central Texas on Friday.

Nearly 20 of Pfc. Vanessa Guillen's loved ones arrived at Killeen's Long Branch Park just after 11 a.m.

From there, they walked the streets of Killeen holding signs with Guillen's photo and messages including "Bring Vanessa home" and "We love you and we're praying for you #FindVanessaGuillen."

"Vanessa, you're going to be found. We're going to find you, we're going to do whatever it takes. God knows how many sleepless nights we've had. We're so desperate for answers," said Frida Hernandez.

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.

"It's not normal that we don't know much after this week. We're really worried about her," said Tania Moreno.

Vanessa's sister, Mayra, says they last talked on April 21.

"Last time we talked, she was showing me some shoes she wanted to buy and we were talking about cars because her birthday would be September 30," Mayra said.

Her sister's disappearance has been emotional.

"Her and my mom had a special bond. There are no words to explain how she feels right now," Mayra said. "What keeps my hope and faith alive is they're a lot of people of people praying for us, especially her. I know she is going to be with us soon, I can feel it."

The Army Criminal Investigation Command confirmed Friday special agents have, "conducted dozens of interviews, followed up on all credible investigative leads and assisted with extensive searches by air and ground of Fort Hood."

Officials say the FBI, Belton Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety are assisting.

"They are committed to finding Pfc. Guillen and will not stop until they do," Chris Grey, Chief of Public Affairs, said in a statement.

Guillen is 5-foot-2, weighs 126 pounds and has 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.