FORT HOOD, TX – Skeletal remains that were found in a field within Killeen, Texas after a tip came in to Army criminal investigators was confirmed to be the remains of missing Fort Hood soldier Gregory Morales.
— WSB Radio (@wsbradio) June 22, 2020
While an investigation is underway to determine the cause of death, the discovery of Morales’ body has provided closure to the family of the soldier who’d been missing since August of 2019.
On June 19th, officials from Fort Hood were notified about a body present within a field in Killeen. After receiving the tip, Army investigators partnered up with Killeen police and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to investigate the area said to host the remains.
After combing the area, the search team found skeletal remains that were confirmed to be that of Morales’ on June 21st. The soldier was last seen in August of last year driving his vehicle outside of Fort Hood, and was said to be days away from his discharge when he seemingly disappeared.
Officials say that foul play is suspected and that the investigation is currently being treated as a homicide. There is currently a reward of up to $25,000 for anyone with credible information regarding the circumstances of Morales’ death.
Major General Jeffery Broadwater said the following in a statement after the news broke that the remains discovered were Morales’:
“The First Team is saddened by the news of the passing of PV2 Gregory Morales. His life was taken too soon, and we appreciate his service to our nation.”
The soldier was only 24-years-old when he passed away.
The Army is investigating the death of Pvt. Gregory Wedel-Morales, a Fort Hood solider whose remains were found 10 months after his disappearance.https://t.co/4fMrbLVQVC
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) June 22, 2020
Kim Wedel, the mother of the deceased, stated the following about the discovery:
“I just want to thank whoever came forward with the info. We finally have closure and can clear his name.”
Morales had joined the Army back in June of 2015, with his MOS being a motor transport operator.
During his service, he’d received two Army Achievement Medals, the Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Driver and Mechanics Badge and Army Service Ribbon.
The discovery of Morales’ remains has also highlighted an active missing soldier case stemming from the very same base.
It has now been two months since Private 1st Class Vanessa Guillen has gone missing from Fort Hood, and officials from the base are pleading with the public to help furnish any information that can aid in the investigation.
As we all grieve the loss of one Soldier, someone out there can help us not to have to grieve for another. If you have information as to the whereabouts of Vanessa Guillen, call 254-495-7767#FortHood #USArmy #FindVanessa #FindVanessaGuillen pic.twitter.com/BCTIS9wpia
— Fort Hood (@forthood) June 21, 2020
Private 1st Class Vanessa Guillen was reported as last seen at approximately 1:00 p.m. on April 22nd within the parking lot of her Regimental Engineer Squadron Headquarters, 3rd Cavalry Regiment on Fort Hood.
MISSING SOLDIER: The family of Pfc. Vanessa Guillen need your help tonight. She was last seen on Wednesday on @forthood. Her keys, ID card and wallet were found after she disappeared. #MissingPerson #Army #FortHood
— Brandon Hamilton (@BrandonKWTX) April 26, 2020
The missing 20-year-old soldier is described as approximately 5 feet, 2 inches in height, weighing approximately 126 pounds. She was last seen wearing a black t-shirt and has black hair with brown eyes.
According to the Fort Hood Press, PFC Guillen’s car keys, barracks room key, identification card and wallet were later located inside of the armory room where she’d been working earlier in the day on the 22nd. The Fort Hood Military Police officially issued a BOLO on the missing soldier, giving notice to local law enforcement that are assisting in the search.
Mayra Guillen, the sister of PFC Guillen, took to Facebook to spread awareness of her missing sister. She stated the following on the post:
“My sister….last seen two days ago. No contact with boyfriend, close friends or family. Belongings and CAR are at base too back in fort hood. Something is not right please help me find her. Houston Austin Ft hood/ Killeen areas.”
The soldier’s boyfriend also posted a call online to help locate PFC Guillen, which read:
“Please help me find my girlfriend her name is Vanessa [Guillen]. Height 5’3. She has 3 tattoos on her left arm. Please anything helps.”
Please help me find my girlfriend her name is Vanessa guillen
She has 3 tattoos on her left arm
Please anything helps. pic.twitter.com/GZLBkamc4h
— quan (@trapixxx) April 24, 2020
If anyone has information that can help in locating PFC Guillen, they’re urged to please contact the Army CID Special Agents at 254-495-7767 or the Military Police Desk at (254) 287-4001.
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