Tue. Aug 4th, 2020

Army Identifies Vanessa Guillen’s Remains in Shallow Grave Near Ft. Hood, Family Says

The Army has positively identified human remains found in a shallow grave near Fort Hood in Texas as belonging to Spc. Vanessa Guillen, according to Guillen’s family. The 20-year-old Guillen disappeared from the base over two months ago, with Army investigators suspecting foul play.

Guillen’s family has continually demanded answers from an investigation that they say has moved too slowly to be effective.

Last week, one suspect in connection with Guillen’s disappearance, Spc. Aaron Robinson, committed suicide as officers tried to arrest him following the discovery of the remains on Tuesday. A criminal complaint filed by an FBI investigator in U.S. District Court says that Robinson bludgeoned Guillen to death with a hammer in Fort Hood, then drove her body in a plastic box off base to a burial site near the Leon River.

Robinson’s girlfriend has been charged with evidence tampering and said she helped dispose of the body, according to court records.

Court documents do not give a motive for the killing, but Guillen’s friends and family have said that she told them about being sexually harassed by an unidentified sergeant before her death. While the Army says that it has found no connection between her death and the allegations of harassment, at least some of her loved ones believe differently.

“She felt if she spoke, something would happen,” Vanessa’s sister Mayra Guillén told The Washington Post. “I now realize everything leads back to them harassing her at work.”

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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett

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