Human remains were found Tuesday during the search for a missing soldier stationed at Fort Hood in Texas, authorities said Tuesday.
The Army Criminal Investigation Division confirmed Tuesday human remains were found in an area near the Leon River, where a search for Guillen was conducted on June 22.
The Army CID issued the following statement:
Due to extensive investigative work conducted by Special Agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, agents have returned to an area of interest close to the Leon River, Bell County, Texas for more investigative work in the search for PFC Vanessa Guillen. After receiving additional information, agents have discovered what has been described as partial human remains after analysis from a forensic anthropologist. Army CID agents are currently on scene with the Texas Rangers, the FBI and Bell County Sheriff’s Department. No confirmation as to the identity of the remains has been made at this point and we ask for the media and public’s understanding that the identification process can take time. Due to the ongoing criminal investigation, no further information will be released at this time.
Guillen grew up in southeast Houston, graduated from Cesar Chavez High School, played soccer, and loves the Puerto Rican singer Bad Bunny.
While officials have not confirmed the remains are those of Guillen, Texas EquuSearch founder Tim Miller told ABC13, “The search for Vanessa is now over.”
Miller had been involved with the search during recent weeks. He said the remains were found very close to where they discovered evidence last week in the Leon River. He described the discovery as a “shallow grave.”
Guillen was last seen on April 22 at 1 p.m. in the parking lot of her Regimental Engineer Squadron Headquarters, 3rd Cavalry Regiment.
Her car keys, barracks room key, ID, and wallet were found in the armory room where she was working earlier in the day, but her cell phone has not been recovered.