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Authorities discover skeletal remains in field after tip given to Fort Hood CID

Posted at 6:09 PM, Jun 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-06 17:21:14-04

KILLEEN, TX — UPDATE: The mother of PV2 Gregory Morales says the remains found were of her son.

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A tip given to the Ft. Hood Criminal Investigation Division led authorities to skeletal remains in a field in Killeen Friday morning.

Killeen PD says around 9 a.m. on June 19, Fort Hood CID contacted the department regarding a tip they received. The tip indicated that a body was located in a field in the 3200 block of Florence Road in Killeen.

Killeen homicide detectives met with members of the CID. CID agents contacted the Texas Parks and Wildlife K9 for assistance in searching the field.

During the K9 search, skeletal remains were located and a crime scene was established.

Around 11:10 a.m., Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin made the pronouncement of death. An autopsy has been ordered.

Rumors have circulated online that the remains belong to missing Fort Hood Pfc. Vanessa Guillen, who disappeared from base on April 22. Fort Hood officials say they have no credible information that this investigation is connected to Pfc. Guillen's disappearance.

"Special Agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command are aware of this recovery and are working very closely with the Killeen Police Department concerning this ongoing investigation. At this point, we have no evidence or credible information that this is related to the ongoing investigation into the disappearance of PFC Vanessa Guillen. The Killeen Police Department is currently the lead in that matter. No information will be released until a positive identification and next of kin have been notified," said Chris Grey, US Army Criminal Investigation Command Spokesperson.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division, Homicide Unit, continue to investigate this case. They are asking anyone who may have seen anything or has information about this incident, to contact Crime Stoppers at 254-526-TIPS (8477) or go online. You can also download the P3Tips App for IOS or Android and give an anonymous tip.

All information is confidential and anonymous and if your tip leads to the arrest of the person(s) responsible, you could be eligible to receive a reward up to $1,000 in cash.