The family attorney for missing Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen said they “believe” the human remains discovered on Tuesday, close to Leon River in Texas, belong to the missing soldier.
The Killeen Police Department said one suspect is dead and one is in custody. One of the suspects shot and killed himself as police were closing in, and the second suspect, the estranged wife of a former soldier, is in custody in Bell County Jail awaiting charges, according to CBS News. The suspect that killed himself is confirmed to be an active-duty soldier, but his identity has not been confirmed.
During a news conference in Washington D.C., family attorney Natalie Khawam said the family believes Guillen is dead even though the Army has yet to confirm the identity of the remains. Investigators have told the family that they believe the remains could belong to Guillen, but a forensic team will confirm the remains belong to the missing soldier.
“We believe her remains were found,” she said. “It’s time we fix our system. Women should not be afraid to come forth about sexual harassment.”
Guillen’s family has called for a congressional investigation of the base.
“She is a human being as well,” Guillen’s sister Lupe said Wednesday. “I want Fort Hood Army base to shut down… They’re protecting one another.”
Guillen was last seen on base on April 22. Before going missing, she told family members, friends, and colleagues that she had been sexually harassed by her superiors.