THE Army has officially identified the remains of Vanessa Guillén, the officer who vanished from Fort Hood two months ago.
Remains were discovered on Tuesday in a shallow grave just east of the Texas installation, and army investigators confirmed to the soldier’s family on Sunday they are Guillén’s, the Washington Post reported.
Horrific details about Guillén’s death emerged last week, as human remains were found encased in concrete near the Fort Hood base where the young soldier was stationed.
The family attorney, Natalie Kwaham, said in an interview that authorities told her Guillén was bludgeoned to death with a hammer, chopped up into pieces and later encased in concrete.
Officials initially announced that there were two suspects in the soldier’s death – one fellow soldier and one civilian.
It was later confirmed that the suspected soldier, US Army Specialist Aaron Robinson, killed himself after authorities attempted to make contact with him.
The civilian suspect, 22-year-old Cecily Anne Aguilar, was reportedly dating Robinson and is believed to be involved with helping to dismember and dispose of Guillen’s body.
Aguilar is charged with one count of conspiracy to tamper with evidence, the US Attorney’s Office of the Western District of Texas announced on Thursday.
Robinson reportedly told her that he had beaten a female soldier with a hammer, and she agreed to meet up with him that evening and help hack the victim’s body apart, according to the confession.
They then buried Guillen is three separate shallow graves.
Aguilar now faces up to 20 years in prison with a maximum $250,000 fine.
She will remain in custody as she awaits her initial court hearing, which is expected to take place early next week.