Soldier search

A search for missing Army Pfc. Vanessa Guillen was conducted last wee off FM 436 near Little River-Academy.

UPDATE, 8 p.m.: 

Texas EquuSearch Director Tim Miller told FME News Service that authorities believe the remains — found in a shallow grave — belong to Guillen, pending a positive identification. The grave was near the area where EquuSearch looked on June 22 near Little River-Academy.


The search for missing Army Pfc. Vanessa Guillen has returned to the Leon River after “partial human remains” were found.

The Army Criminal Investigation Division, Texas Rangers, the FBI, Bell County Sheriff’s Department and Texas EquuSearch returned to an area near the Leon River, where a search for missing Fort Hood Pfc. Vanessa Guillen was suspended on June 22.

In a statement, Army Criminal Investigation Division released a statement, “Due to extensive investigative work conducted by Special Agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, agents have returned to an area of interest close to the Leon River, Bell County, Texas for more investigative work in the search for PFC Vanessa Guillen.”

“After receiving additional information, agents have discovered what has been described as partial human remains after analysis from a forensic anthropologist,” the statement said. “Army CID agents are currently on scene with the Texas Rangers, the FBI and Bell County Sheriff’s Department. No confirmation as to the identity of the remains has been made at this point and we ask for the media and public’s understanding that the identification process can take time. Due to the ongoing criminal investigation, no further information will be released at this time.”

Maj. T.J. Cruz of the Bell County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that law enforcement agencies are searching today.

“We are out here continuing the search,” Cruz said.

Texas EquuSearch Director Tim Miller said developments are actively happening.

“We’ve got three people up there now and I’m getting ready to pull out of my house as we speak,” Miller said. “I just would say to pay close attention because developments are happening as we speak. I’m not going to go into more detail than that.”

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