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Fort Hood soldier found shot to death and vehicle burned identified by US Army

Pfc. Brandon Scott Rosecrans, (U.S. Army photo/Released)
May 22, 2020

A man who was shot dead in Harker Heights, Texas on Monday has been identified as a U.S. Army soldier based at Fort Hood.

Pfc. Brandon Scott Rosecrans, 27, from Kimberling City, Mo. was identified as the man killed on May 18, according to a Fort Hood press release.

Harker Heights Police responded to a call for a deceased person at 10:15 a.m. on Monday at the 2100 block of Fuller Lane. Minutes apart from that report, a 2016 Jeep Renegade belonging to Rosecrans was also found on fire near the intersection of Douglas Fir and Jubilation Drive, the Harker Heights Police Department told Killeen Daily Herald.

Rosecrans’ death is being investigated as a murder and the Harker Heights fire marshal is working to determine the cause of the fire.

The Fort Hood press release indicated U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command is also investigating Rosecrans’ death.

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Rosecrans joined the Army in May 2018 as a quartermaster and chemical equipment repairer. He had been assigned to the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division since November 2018.

His awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.

“Command Sgt. Maj. Ryan McLane and I would like to express our deepest regrets to the family and loved ones of Pfc. Brandon Rosecrans. The thoughts and prayers of the Soldiers of 215th Brigade Support Battalion and the Greywolf Brigade are with them during this difficult time,” said Col. Kevin Capra, commander 3ABCT.

Another Army soldier stationed at Fort Hood remains missing after she was last seen one month ago on April 22. Fort Hood and the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command began a search for Pfc. Vanessa Guillen, a 20-year-old soldier. Guillen is of Hispanic descent, and is described as five feet, two inches tall, 126 pounds and with brown hair and brown eyes.

Guillen was last seen on the base in the parking lot for the Regimental Engineer Squadron Headquarters for the 3rd Cavalry Regiment. She reportedly left her car keys, barracks room key, identification card, and wallet in the armory room where she had been working earlier in the day. Vanessa’s sister, Mayra Guillen, said Vanessa has had no contact with her boyfriend, close friends, or family since she went missing.