Reward for anyone with useful information on the disappearance of US soldier Vanessa Guillen has been increased to $50,000.
The attorney for the Vanessa’s family, Natalie Khawam, and U.S. Rep. Sylvia Garcia have stated that army investigators are using the words “foul play” as they continue the search for the 20-year-old Fort Hood soldier.
Khawam, U.S. Rep Garcia and the family held a news conference after a meeting with Ft. Hood officials to discuss the latest findings in the search for the soldier, and what steps the family intends to take next.
Guillen’s mother spoke during the news conference, noting how much Guillen wanted to be in the Army since she was little, and she joined for her country and to protect others. Gloria Guillen had asked officials from the beginning to close down Ft. Hood and have soldiers search for her daughter.
The eyes of the world are on Fort Hood. We stand with Gloria Guillen, Vannesa Guillen’s mother, as she fights for her daughter.
We demand #JusticeForVanessa.
— Rep. Sylvia Garcia (@RepSylviaGarcia) June 23, 2020
“I pleaded with them from the beginning that they search for my hija (daughter), that they close the base and that they use the more than 30,000 soldiers to look for her and they never did it. I begged them to close the base and investigate room by room, barrack by barrack, building by building and they didn’t do it. Why now are they doing a show to look for my daughter?”
The 20-year-old was last seen April 22 in the parking lot of Regimental Engineer Squadron Headquarters, 3rd Cavalry Regiment on Fort Hood, Texas, and has not been heard from since.
Her barracks room key, car keys, wallet, and identification card were later found in the armory room where she had worked earlier in the day.
Vanessa’s Military Occupational Specialty is a 91F, Small Arms/Artillery Repairer.