KILLEEN, Texas (AP) – U.S. military investigators suspect cheating on the disappearance of a Texas soldier who has been missing for two months, a congressman confirmed Tuesday.
Pfc. Vanessa Guillen’s disappearance is being treated as a criminal investigation after she went missing on April 22, US representative Sylvia Garcia said at a news conference with the soldier’s family on Tuesday.
“We don’t just want attention. We want action. We want answers, ”Garcia said Tuesday. “We must remember that this is a family in pain.”
Garcia, a Democrat representing the 29th congressional district of Texas, and the Guillen family met with army leaders to discuss the investigation of the disappearance of Fort Hood’s 20-year-old soldier.
At the meeting, family members told army officers that Guillen told them that she had been sexually harassed by her superiors. But Guillen did not report the harassment because she feared retaliation, said Natalie Khawam, the family’s lawyer.
Khawam said she wants Congress to investigate how the matter is handled because the military investigators have not disclosed details. The only information army leaders have provided is Guilan’s last known contact on April at 11:30 AM, Garcia said.
“There is something extremely disturbing about this case. A military base is probably one of the safest places you can be. You have ID check-ins. There are security cameras everywhere, ”Khawam told KHOU-TV on Monday.
Guillen was last seen in a Fort Hood parking lot in a black T-shirt and purple sweatpants.
One tip took a search team, including Texas EquuSearch, to the River Leon on Monday, but they found nothing. Meanwhile, Guillen’s car, keys, and wallet were all left in the armory where she worked earlier today on April 22, and her phone is missing.
“I demand justice and I demand their respect and that they respect my daughter as a soldier,” said Guillen’s mother, Gloria Guillen, in Spanish on Tuesday. “She signed up for her country and to protect us. And now that she needs us, we have to support her and find her. ‘
On Twitter, Fort Hood officials ask for anyone with information.
A reward of $ 50,000 is offered for any information that leads to the soldier’s whereabouts. The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command and the League of United Latin American Citizens each contribute $ 25,000 to fund the reward.
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