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Family of Vanessa Guillen says Army officials lied to them ‘every single day’ after soldier’s disappearance

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

The family of a soldier who disappeared from the Fort Hood military post in Texas months ago claims the Army lied to them “every single day” and is now calling for a congressional investigation.

Officials searching for the soldier, 20-year-old Vanessa Guillen, found human remains last week near the Leon River but have not identified yet who they belong to. Guillen’s family said Wednesday that they believe the remains to be hers, according to People.

Fellow soldier, 20-year-old Spc. Aaron Robinson, whom police attempted to speak with in connection with Guillen’s disappearance killed himself early Wednesday as officers tried to make contact with him, according to KTRK-TV.

Guillen’s family has said she was sexually harassed by her sergeant, and Army officials began an investigation into the claim last month.

“They lied to our faces every single day … which is more than two months,” Guillen’s sister, Lupe, said of Fort Hood officials during a press conference Wednesday.

Lupe said the Fort Hood authorities didn’t show respect to her sister.

“They didn’t keep my sister safe,” Lupe said. “They’re always trying to cover up for each other.”

Guillen went missing from Fort Hood, located about 70 miles north of Austin, on April 22.

An attorney for the family, Natalie Khawam, told People that she believes Guillen was sexually harassed by the soldier who committed suicide.

She believes a congressional investigation could lead to answers.

“Who knew what? Why — why there was a coverup?” Khawam said, according to People. “Why didn’t [they] share this information? What happened?”

Another suspect, whom officials have only identified as “the estranged wife of a former Fort Hood Soldier,” is now in custody. Khawam has identified the suspect as Cecily Aguilar, a civilian woman with whom Robinson was having an affair.


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