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Army offers $15K reward for whereabouts of missing Fort Hood soldier

A photo of Vanessa Guillen (Fort Hood, U.S. Army/Released)

A $15,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the whereabouts of a 20-year-old soldier who has been missing since last Wednesday.

Pfc. Vanessa Guillen was last seen at around 1 p.m. on April 22 in the parking lot of her barracks in Fort Hood, the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command said in a statement Monday.

“Her car keys, barracks room key, identification card and wallet were later found in the armory room where she was working earlier in the day,” the Army Command said. “She was last seen wearing a black t-shirt and purple fitness-type pants.”

She’s part of the Third Cavalry Regiment, Texas, where the Houston native’s specialty is small arms/artillery repair.

“An extensive search continues by military and civilian law enforcement and Fort Hood military members,” the Army Command statement said.

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Guillen is of Hispanic descent, with black hair and brown eyes and stands 5 feet, 2 inches tall, weighing 126 pounds.

“Individuals are strongly encouraged to come forward if they have credible information to help locate Guillen,” the statement said. “People wishing to remain anonymous will be honored to the degree allowable under the law and the information will be held in the strictest confidence allowable.”

Friends and family as well as the Army are asking for the public’s help in locating Guillen.

“Please help me find my girlfriend,” her boyfriend, Juan Cruz, tweeted on Friday, alongside a photo of Guillen that bore text apparently written by a brother. “Please, anything helps.”

He noted she has three tattoos, according to KXAS-TV.

Text over the photo, an apparent screen shot, seems to be from a brother.

“I promise I’m gonna find you, even if it’s the last thing I do,” it says on her photo. “I ask you guys for prayers for my sister, if anyone has seen her please let me know.”

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