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Texas Senator delivers letter to Gov. Abbott demanding investigation into discovery of Fort Hood soldier's remains

Posted at 5:03 PM, Jul 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-24 18:05:37-04

Texas Senator José Menéndez delivered a letter to Governor Greg Abbott, Secretary of the Army Ryan D. McCarthy and Legislative Liaison to the Secretary Scott D Mras on Friday, demanding an immediate and full investigation into the discovery of the remains of Fort Hood soldiers.

The soldiers mentioned in the letter are PV2 Gregory Morales, also known as Gregory Wedel, and Pvt. Mejhor Morta, whose body was found a few miles outside of the Fort Hood Base.

A preliminary autopsy shows the cause of death of Pvt. Morta to be consistent with drowning, but at this time, a full autopsy report has not been completed.

PV2 Morales' remains were found in a field in Killeen in June.

"The mysterious disappearance of these two young soldiers comes at a time when the nation is demanding the full investigation of another Fort Hood soldier, Army Soldier Specialist Vanessa Guillen, who was savagely murdered by an Army superior officer after having already reported threats and sexual harassment to authorities and family," Senator Menendez said.

Aside from calling for a thorough and transparent investigation into any criminal conduct and an examination of how these three cases are being handled, Sen. Menéndez is also issuing legislation that will serve to create an independent ombudsman's office where soldiers can report improper abuse or advances by military members.

Read the full letter below:

Posted by Senator José Menéndez on Friday, July 24, 2020