Congresswoman Says Foul Play Suspected in Vanessa Guillen’s Disappearance
Speaking outside of Fort Hood Tuesday, Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia publicly stated what many Central Texans have thinking for some time - that foul is suspected in the April 22 disappearance of Pfc. Vanessa Guillen.
Garcia visited the base Tuesday along with Guillen's family and congressional staff members from Senator Ted Cruz, Congressman John Carter, and Congressman Roger Williams. There, they were briefed on the status of the investigation and the most recent searches for Guillen, and were shown the work area and parking lot where she was last seen.
Megan Vanselow with our partners at News 10 reports that officials are investigating allegations that Guillen was sexually harassed. An attorney for her family says Guillen confided in family that a sergeant walked into a shower with her, that another superior made vulgar remarks toward her in Spanish, and that Guillen feared retaliation if she reported the incidents.
Guillen's mother, Gloria, spoke outside the gates of Fort Hood Tuesday, asking that Congress and President Trump do something to aid in the investigation. She said the search of Fort Hood was a waste of time, and that she does not believe what she's being told.
“God forbid she comes back dead," Gloria Guillen said. "I will close this base. I’ll move the Earth and the sky to close down this base because it’s a rotten base."
Guillen's sister expressed dismay that the search seemed geared toward finding Vanessa's body, and said she knows her sister is still alive.
Congresswoman Garcia said she still has a number of questions after her visit, and attorney Natalie Khawam said there are gaps in the timeline presented during the visit.
Col. Ralph Overland, who, along with Army CID agents briefed Guillen's family and other visitors Tuesday, said his goal is the same as Guillen's family's - to bring Vanessa home.
"The Regiment is fully committed to this and we will not stop until we find her," he said.
Guillen was last seen between 11:30 AM and 12:30 PM on Wednesday, April 22 in the parking lot of her 3rd Cavalry Regiment Engineer Squadron Headquarters. Her belongings and her wallet were found in the armory room where she had last worked that day.
There's a currently a $25,000 reward being offered for credible information leading to the missing soldier's whereabouts. Major General Scott Efflandt recently said someone has the information needed to find Guillen, and pleaded for them to contact the Army CID at (254) 287-2722 or the Military Police Desk at (254) 288-1170. You can also submit information at cid.army.mil/report-a-crime.html. You do not have to give the CID your name.