The military said on Monday that the remains found in Texas last week have been identified as the remains of Army expert Vanessa Guillen.
Major General Scott Evrant, deputy commander of Fort Hood, said at a press conference: “I have nothing to say about this tragic loss.”
The Army Criminal Investigation Command used DNA samples to determine that the Tuesady remains near the Leon River in Bell County were the remains of Guillen, 20. Evrant said Gillen’s family had been notified on Sunday.
Guillen made his last appearance on April 22. Officials said E-4 expert Aaron Robinson was a suspect when he was killed, fled the base and committed suicide because law enforcement agencies tried to get in touch with him.
Cecily Aguilar, 22, of Killeen, a woman described as Robinson’s boyfriend, has been charged and accused of helping Robinson dispose of Gillen’s body.
KCEN, an affiliate of the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), reported that Aguilar appeared in a video conference on Monday and was asked if she understood the allegations against her: “Yes, of course.”
She faces a conspiracy to tamper with the evidence.
U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey Manske conducted his first trial on July 14, when he could consider bail for Aguilar.
According to KCEN, Aguilar’s public defender chose not to comment.
According to the criminal complaint, Aguilar told investigators that Robinson told her that he killed a female soldier with a hammer and killed a female soldier in Fort Hood on April 22.
Officials said that Robinson allegedly recruited Aguilar to help him get rid of his body in a remote location in Bell County near Fort Hood.
Due to her service hours, Guillen was promoted from private first class to expert last week.
The lawyers of the Gillen family said Gillen reported sexual harassment to the family and soldiers at the base.
Gillen’s sister Mayra previously told NBC’s “dating community” that Gillen had never found anyone suspected of harassing her, nor had she reported such incidents to the Army’s sexual harassment and prevention program.
CID Special Agent Damon Phelps said that Robinson was the suspect for Gillen’s disappearance, but he was “not involved” in the investigation of allegations of sexual harassment.
Evrant said the military will complete ongoing investigations of sexual harassment and take action based on these findings.
Evrant said: “Everyone who raises his right hand to serve his family and the country should be safe and treated with dignity and respect.” He said that anyone who was harassed or beaten should come forward.
Evrant also stated that he will continue to seek external assistance and conduct a review, “to ensure that any shortcomings identified during this difficult period are thoroughly identified and resolved.”
Natalie Khawam, a lawyer for the Gillen family, said Gillen “was killed because of a system rupture.” They want Congress to take action.