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TexasEquuSearch: Remains believed to belong to Pfc. Vanessa Guillen covered in concrete, rocks

Posted at 10:39 PM, Jul 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-06 17:21:07-04

LITTLE RIVER ACADEMY, TX — The investigation continues into the disappearance of Pfc. Vanessa Guillen. Additional remains were found on Wednesday near the Leon River just feet away from where partial remains were found the day before.

The Guillen family confirmed early Wednesday that they believe the remains belong to Vanessa. However, officials have not identified the remains.

For more than two months, the soldier's family along with supporters across the nation have begged for answers in her disappearance.

"How can this happen on military base? How could this happen while she was on duty," said Lupe Guillen, sister of Pfc. Guillen, during a press conference in Washington D.C. "I want answers because my sister did not do this to herself. Someone did it."

Tim Miller, founder of Texas EquuSearch, says during the investigation, a witness came forward with vital information on what they saw outside the armory room where Vanessa was working on April 22.

"About three foot by three foot, one of them big plastic cases, and he was really struggling to go ahead and get this into his vehicle," said Miller. "After witness came forward, they had enough information to go ahead and go to a judge and get subpoenas for phone records and stuff so we actually got the phone records, knew exactly how long, where he went."

That's what brought the search to Leon River.

"Then we actually found a burn pile when we was out there and probably about 40% of the lid of that pelican case did not burn, so when we found that it was like, "Oh my god she has to be in this area,"" said Miller.

That brings us to Tuesday, days later, when partial remains were found in that same area near the Leon River in a shallow grave.

"They went ahead and poured concrete over top of it, put dirt over that, put rocks over top of that. No, they spent time," said Miller.

The Army has yet to make a positive ID on the remains, however the Guillen family believes the remains belong to Vanessa. They are calling for justice for Vanessa Guillen.

"Whoever's responsible has to pay, and we demand a Congressional investigation, and I need everyone's help to keep this story alive," said Mayra Guillen, Vanessa's sister.

Fort Hood has confirmed that one military suspect is deceased after taking his own life early Wednesday morning in Killeen and a civilian suspect has been arrested by the Texas Rangers in connection with Vanessa's disappearance.