LAWYER: ARMY ID’S TEXAS RE­MAINS AS MISS­ING SOL­DIER

Chicago Sun-Times - - NATION / WORLD - BY JAKE BLEIBERG

DAL­LAS — Army in­ves­ti­ga­tors have iden­ti­fied the body of a sol­dier who van­ished more than two months ago from a base in Texas, ac­cord­ing to a lawyer for the sol­dier’s fam­ily.

Re­mains found last week buried near Fort Hood be­long to Spc. Vanessa Guil­lén and Army of­fi­cials in­formed her fam­ily in Hous­ton Sun­day, at­tor­ney Natalie Khawam told The As­so­ci­ated Press. Guil­lén, who had been miss­ing since April, was killed and dis­mem­bered by a fel­low sol­dier from south sub­ur­ban Calumet City who took his own life last week, fed­eral and mil­i­tary in­ves­ti­ga­tors have said.

Hu­man re­mains were found Tues­day near the Leon River in Bell County, about 20 miles east of Fort Hood, dur­ing a search for Guil­lén. An Army spokesman said ear­lier Sun­day that they were still wait­ing for pos­i­tive iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of the re­mains.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors were un­able to use den­tal records to iden­tify Guil­lén be­cause of the state of her re­mains and in­stead used DNA from bone and hair sam­ples, Khawam said. Guil­lén’s fam­ily re­ceived the in­for­ma­tion in the com­pany of their pri­est, she said.

Army of­fi­cials iden­ti­fied the sol­dier sus­pected in Guil­lén’s dis­ap­pear­ance as Aaron David Robin­son. Ce­cily Aguilar, a 22-year-old civil­ian from a com­mu­nity near Fort Hood, was ar­rested and charged with one count for al­legedly help­ing hide the body of the 20-year-old sol­dier, ac­cord­ing to a crim­i­nal com­plaint.

Guil­lén’s fam­ily has said that they be­lieve she was sex­u­ally ha­rassed by Robin­son and is call­ing for a con­gres­sional in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Mayra Guillen said last week that her sis­ter had spo­ken with their mother about ex­pe­ri­enc­ing sex­ual ha­rass­ment, but that her mother has been too dev­as­tated to talk about it. From their text con­ver­sa­tions, Mayra Guillen said she be­lieved her sis­ter was afraid dur­ing her time at Fort Hood.

Khawam said Sun­day that mil­i­tary sex­ual ha­rass­ment is “epi­demic” and de­mands at­ten­tion from Congress. “You can’t turn a blind eye any­more,” she said.

PAT NABONG/SUN-TIMES

Peo­ple hold signs at a gath­er­ing for Spc. Vanessa Guillen on Fri­day in Hum­boldt Park.

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