Army announces new investigation into Fort Hood in Vanessa Guillen's case

The Army has named a four-star general to launch a new investigation into how leaders at Fort Hood handled Vanessa Guillen's reports of sexual harassment, her disappearance and death.

The embattled base in Killeen, Texas came under scrutiny when the 20-year-old specialist vanished in April after she told her family she was being sexually harassed by a superior. Her remains were found buried and dismembered two months later.

This year alone 23 soldiers have died at the base with at least five of those deaths linked to foul play. 

General John Murray, the head of the Army’s Futures Command, will conduct the new investigation into the base that's already undergoing an independent review issued by the Army.

He’s slated to arrive at Fort Hood in two to three weeks, according to CBS News.

The Army has named four-star general John Murray to launch a new investigation into how leaders at Fort Hood handled Vanessa Guillen¿s reports of sexual harassment, her disappearance and death. He¿s slated to arrive at Fort Hood in two to three weeks

The Army has named four-star general John Murray to launch a new investigation into how leaders at Fort Hood handled Vanessa Guillen’s reports of sexual harassment, her disappearance and death. He’s slated to arrive at Fort Hood in two to three weeks

The embattled base in Killeen, Texas came under scrutiny when the 20-year-old specialist vanished in April after she told her family she was being sexually harassed by a superior

Guillen's remains were found buried and dismembered two months later

The embattled base in Killeen, Texas came under scrutiny when the 20-year-old specialist vanished in April after she told her family she was being sexually harassed by a superior. Her remains were found buried and dismembered two months later 

He is senior to all the generals in the chain of command at Fort Hood meaning he has the authority to recommend disciplinary action against them.

'There are currently several investigations underway at Fort Hood which are tasked with reviewing a wide range of topics and concerns,' the Army said in a press release.

'Gen. Murray will roll those efforts into a more complete and comprehensive investigation that will delve into all activities and levels of leadership,' the Army added.

The investigation was announced on Tuesday, the same day the Army announced Fort Hood commander Major General Scott Efflandt was removed from his post. 

The probe will assess Efflandt’s actions. He will remain at Fort Hood until the investigation is completed.

The Army now says he’ll no longer take command of the 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss as previously planned. 

A new commander will be named for the 1st Armored Division in the coming days.

Major General Scott Efflandt has been removed from his post following the deaths of at least 15 soldiers connected to the troubled army base, the Army announced Tuesday

Major General Scott Efflandt has been removed from his post following the deaths of at least 15 soldiers connected to the troubled army base, the Army announced Tuesday

Last week, the body of Sgt. Elder Fernandes, 23, was discovered after he went missing back on August 17

Fort Hood soldier, Pfc. Gregory Morales, was reported missing from the base a year ago on August 20, 2019. The 24-year-old's remains were found on June 21 in a field in Killeen

Last week, the body of Sgt. Elder Fernandes, 23, (left) was discovered after he went missing back on August 17. Fort Hood soldier, Pfc. Gregory Morales, right was reported missing from the base a year ago on August 20, 2019. The 24-year-old's remains were found on June 21 in a field in Killeen

Pvt. Mejhor Morta, 26, of Pensacola, Florida was found dead July 17 in the vicinity of Stillhouse Hollow Lake, around 15 miles from the Fort Hood base

Pvt. Mejhor Morta, 26, of Pensacola, Florida was found dead July 17 in the vicinity of Stillhouse Hollow Lake, around 15 miles from the Fort Hood base

Timeline of Fort Hood disappearances/deaths

February 1, 2020: PVT Eric Christopher Hogan and PFC Anthony Nevelle Peak Jr. die in a car crash 

March 1, 2020: SPC Shelby Tyler Jones is shot dead at a convenience store in Killeen 

March 5, 2020: Spc. Christopher Wayne Sawyer found dead at his home. Foul play is not suspected.  

March 14, 2020: SPC Freddy Beningo Delacruz Jr. is killed in a triple murder

March 23, 2020: Fort Hood soldier Spc. Jovino Jamel Roy, 22, was charged with murder after allegedly shooting former Fort Hood soldier Michael Steven Wardrobe, 22 

April 22, 2020: Vanessa Guillen goes missing and is last seen in the parking lot of the base. She disappeared after telling her family she was being sexually harassed by a sergeant on the base.

May 18, 2020: Body of Army Pfc. Brandon S. Rosecrans, 27, was discovered with gunshot wounds and his Jeep was found three miles

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