NewsJustice for Vanessa Guillen


Family left with more questions than answers in search for missing Fort Hood soldier

Posted at 10:52 PM, Jun 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-06 17:21:13-04

After a nearly two month long search for missing Fort Hood soldier Pfc. Vanessa Guillen, her family still has more questions than answers.

For nearly two months, people have been asking the question- where is Vanessa?

The 20-year-old was last seen April 22 in the parking lot of her Regimental Engineer Squadron Headquarters on Fort Hood.

As a last minute request from Fort Hood, CID agents met with the Guillen family on Thursday, the family's attorney Natalie Khawam listening in via Zoom.

"They told us, you know, they've looked, they've searched, they've done a lot of looking, but they have nothing, and it was quite disappointing," said Khawam

She says they left the meeting with more questions.

"Such as have you subpoenaed Sprint? Because that was the cellphone service that she used, so that way we know where her phone was last pinged and the text messages and stuff, and they were not able to tell me as they say," said Khawam.

The family's lawyer confirmed Vanessa's mom told authorities that her daughter felt unsafe on Fort Hood and was possibly a victim of sexual assault or harassment.

"One instance where I think it was her NCO had walked in on her when she was undressing," said Khawam. "Another time it was an NCO, I think, it was or her sergeant was trying to flirt with her."

Khawam says none of that was discussed today, yet in a bizarre turn of events, military officials announced plans to launch an investigation into the allegations after saying just days ago that there was no credible evidence to back them up.

"They didn't go into the sexual assault claims, but then again it was more like we're still looking," said Khawam.

Another piece to the puzzle, surveillance video places Pfc. Guillen at a local Killeen restaurant exactly one week prior to her disappearance.

The owner of Taquerias Mexico Restaurant #1 in Killeen says he released the video hoping it would help get justice for Pfc. Guillen.

"So they can find her. So they can clear things up. If there's someone responsible they can be punished for the acts they've committed against her," restaurant owner Jaime Moreno said in Spanish.

The family's lawyer says she will meet with Fort Hood officials on Tuesday to press for more information about the search.

CID has offered $25,000 for information leading to the whereabouts of Guillen and LULAC also committed an additional $25,000 reward for any credible information.