Army Finally Investigating "Foul Play" After Sergeant Admits To Lying About Seeing Vanessa
A sergeant has now admitted to lying about seeing Vanessa the day of her disappearance. Her family believes he is the same sergeant who Vanessa said followed her into the showers while she was naked.
The military refuses to release his name or the names of witnesses.
The Army has finally admitted that “foul play” factored into the disappearance of Private Vanessa Guillen from Fort Hood over two months ago and is launching a formal investigation into the allegations that Vanessa was sexual harassed and assaulted.
“They are convinced now that there is foul play involved and they are following all the leads they can,” Texas Congresswoman Sylvia García said in a press conference on Tuesday.
The admission comes after weeks of public outrage and protests led by Vanessa’s family who, Garcia says, feel that the army has failed them, failed Vanessa.
"I pleaded with them from the beginning to search for my daughter, to close the base and use the more than 30,000 soldiers to look for her, and they never did it. I begged them...to investigate room by room, barrack by barrack, building by building, and they didn't do it," said Vanessa’s mother Gloria Guillen through tears, speaking in Spanish at a press conference.
Vanessa’s family says that not only was the army slow to respond to their concerns about her whereabouts and mobilize a search, they have not been transparent in their investigation.
Army investigators claim that there is no video footage of Vanessa in the hours before her disappearance, which seems unlikely on a military base, and MSNBC reports “discrepancies between the family’s timeline and what investigators have detailed.”
Additionally, the army will not release the name of the sergeant who has now admitted to lying about seeing Vanessa the day of her disappearance, nor will they release the names of any witnesses.
“The supervisor or sergeant who actually is supposed to account for everyone in the barrack submitted a report that everyone was accounted for...now he’s admitted that he did not see Vanessa,” revealed Congresswoman Garcia at the press conference.
The family’s lawyer, Natalie Khawan, said the family believes the sergeant who lied is the same that Vanessa told family and friends had followed her into the showers while she was naked.
MSNBC also reports that Vanessa was not even supposed to go into work on the day of her disappearance. Her family want to know who called her in and why.
“There’s so many gaps and holes in what we learned today that I am going to demand a congressional investigation. For this family, we want to know what happened and who is covering up to who and why are they covering up,” said Khawam.
“I feel like we're not going to resolve this down here. We need the higher-ups now."