WTF Is Going On At Fort Hood? U.S. Army Asks For Help In A Search For Another Missing Soldier
Updated: Sep 3, 2020
August 21, 2020 By: Rebecca Brando
Another soldier is missing from Fort Hood, Texas.
Local police and the U.S. Army have launched a search for 23-year-old Sgt. Elder Fernandes, a nuclear specialist who was last seen on Monday afternoon when his staff sergeant dropped him off at his home in Killeen, near the Fort Hood base. His disappearance follows 11 soldiers who have died or were found dead this year. Foul play is suspected in five of the 11 dead.
Fort Hood officials issued a missing soldier alert Thursday (Aug 20) night. Police in nearby Killeen said Fernandes was reported missing Wednesday.
Fernandes is a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear specialist with the 1st Cavalry Division Sustainment Brigade at the Central Texas Army installation. The missing soldier alert said the Army’s primary concern was "to ensure his safety and wellbeing." Fernandes also recently signed a lease on a new apartment, but never picked up the keys.
A police statement described Fernandes as 5 feet, 8 inches tall, weighing 133 pounds (60.33 kilograms) and was last seen wearing black Army physical training shorts and T-shirt with red athletic shoes. They found his car with all of his belongings, according to reports.
The high profile disappearance of 20-year-old Spc. Vanessa Guillen, who went missing on April 22, 2020, after reporting a sergeant had sexually harassed her at the base. Her disappearance made global headlines and thrusted Fort Hood into the media spotlight. They later found Spc. Guillen's remains in late Jane. It was revealed that Spc. Aaron Robinson dismembered Guillen and disposed of her remains in woods nearby Fort Hood. Spc. Robinson killed himself the day Guillén’s remains were found on July 1, 2020.
Spc. Guillen’s death would mark the grim beginning of multiple deaths and disappearances associated with Fort Hood.