THE first picture of Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen’s grave where her remains were found “chopping up in cement” has been released.
The shocking image, which was obtained by KHOU 11 News, reportedly showed the location where the evidence was found that led Texas Equusearch’s Tim Miller to call off the search for the 20-year-old’s body.
Miller said that they were unsure if this is where Guillen could be buried until a man working in the area said he smelled a foul odor, the outlet reported.
“We knew immediately, yep we are in the right spot,” Miller told the outlet.
Speaking about the photographed spot, he told KHOU 11 that the evidence that was found was the lid to a Pelican storage case – which a key witness reportedly said they saw being loaded into a car on the night that Guillen vanished.
He also said that the spot where the remains were found was well-concealed.
Miller told the outlet: “It appears he buried her, put lime on her, mixed up concrete, put that over her, put dirt over her, rocks and stuff.”
Earlier on Wednesday, Family attorney Natalie Kwaham claimed that Guillen was bludgeoned to death in the armory room before her body was chopped up and encased in cement.
Kwaham said Guillen was beaten so badly that officials had trouble using dental records to identify her since her teeth were smashed up.
The Fort Hood soldier, who went missing on April 22, had to be identified through strands of her hair, Kwaham said, according to Crime Online.
Private first class Guillen was last seen at a parking lot at the US Army base in Texas. Her car keys, ID card, wallet and barracks key were found at her work after she went missing.
Initially, 500 soldiers a day were searching the area nearby for Guillen, but the US Army’s Criminal Investigation Command soon took over.
Earlier this week, human remains were found near the Leon River in Bell County, roughly 20 miles east of Fort Hood. Guillen’s family announced on Wednesday that they believed the remains were her’s.
Military officials said they identified two suspects — another soldier and a civilian — in her disappearance, but the soldier shot himself and died after they tried contacting him Wednesday.
In a Thursday news conference, Fort Hood officials confirmed that soldier — Aaron Robinson — had been a suspect. They refused to confirm who the civilian was, as the investigation is ongoing.
Robinson was allegedly spotted in the armory parking lot on the day Guillen disappeared.
Kwaham said that Cecily Aguilar – who is the estranged wife of another Fort Hood soldier and may have been having some sort of relationship with Robinson – is also suspected of being involved.
The attorney is claiming that Guillen confronted Robinson over the alleged affair he was having while in the armory room, and an argument broke out. Robinson allegedly told Guillen she would not ruin his military career, grabbed a hammer and bludgeoned her to death.
Kwaham alleges that Robinson then used a machete to hack the soldier’s body to pieces before encasing parts of her in cement.
It was reported Wednesday that before she disappeared, Guillen had told her family she was being sexually harassed by her superior on the Army base.
Khawam said Guillen didn’t feel comfortable reporting the harassment, as she didn’t feel safe, KHOU reported.
She recalled one apparent incident during which Guillen “was taking a shower and [her superior] walked in on her and sat down.”
“She was creeped out — as one would be.”
Khawam said that the superior who walked in on her in the shower was the soldier who died by suicide – Robinson.
During Thursday’s press conference, officials said they had no evidence at this time to suggest that Robinson had sexually harassed Guillen.