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Family of Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen want answers on her disappearance

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The search continues for 20-year old Pfc. Vanessa Guillen, a Fort Hood soldier from Houston last seen on April 22.

Her family is still holding out hope that they will find Guillen alive, they said on Wednesday.

“We still don’t get answers as to who, what, where exactly, and why. We ask for the public’s help to keep the word out. Her case won’t remain silent,” said Mayra Guillen, Vanessa’s older sister in a press conference.

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“I know there’s been a previous case in the same base, Gregory Wedel-Morales, he’s been missing over six months now and we don’t want the same thing to happen to my sister, we won’t allow it,” Mayra Guillen said.

According to a Fort Hood press release, “agents have had numerous weekly phone conversations with one or more family members.”

“Pfc. Vanessa Guillen is a highly valued member of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment,” said 3rd Cavalry Regiment commander Col. Ralph Overland.

“We will maintain our resolve to locate Pfc. Vanessa Guillen and will continue our efforts until she is found,” Overland said. “We will never quit searching.”

The family created a White House petition that garnered more than 144,000 signatures, and a dedicated website for Vanessa’s case.

Also, a Facebook page, Find Vanessa Guillen, was created to help spread the word on Vanessa’s case.

“I wish that the FBI would take over,” Mayra Guillen said during the press conference. “I am currently working with U.S. Rep. Sylvia Garcia and Sen. Carol Alvarado and they are going to help me reach my goal to find Vanessa.”

“From the bottom of my heart, I strongly believe my sister is alive. That whoever is keeping her hostage is doing it for a reason, because they know that at this point if we find her deceased, it’s going to be much worse and I just hope that they are keeping her okay.”

The reward money for credible information leading to the whereabouts of Pfc. Vanessa Guillen has been increased to $15,000.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact Army CID Special Agents at 254-495-7767 or the Military Police Desk at 254-287-4001.

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