DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Army investigators have positively identified remains found last week as missing Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen, the family’s attorney said Sunday.
The remains were found near the Texas base last Tuesday, and Army officials informed her family in Houston Sunday, attorney Natalie Khawam told The Associated Press. Guillen, who had been missing since April, was killed and dismembered by a fellow soldier, federal and military investigators have said.
Human remains were found Tuesday near the Leon River in Bell County, about 20 miles east of Fort Hood, during a the search for Guillen. An Army spokesman said earlier Sunday that they were still waiting for positive identification of the remains.
Investigators were unable to use dental records to identify Guillen because of the state of her remains and instead used DNA from bone and hair samples, Khawam said. Guillen’s family received the information in the company of their priest, she said.
Army officials identified the soldier suspected in Guillen’s disappearance as Aaron David Robinson. Officials said he shot and killed himself as authorities were trying to make contact with him in Killeen last week.
Cecily Aguilar, a 22-year-old civilian from a community near near Fort Hood, was arrested and charged with one count for allegedly helping hide the body of 20-year-old solider, according to a criminal complaint. Officials said she is the estranged wife of a former soldier.
Guillen’s family has said that they believe she was sexually harassed by Robinson and is calling for a congressional investigation.
Mayra Guillen said last week that her sister had spoken with their mother about experiencing sexual harassment, but that her mother has been too devastated to talk about it. From their text conversations, Mayra Guillen said she believed her sister was afraid during her time at Fort Hood.
Khawam said Sunday that military sexual harassment is “epidemic” and demands attention from Congress. “You can’t turn a blind eye anymore,” she said.
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