A soldier who went lacking from Fort Hood had lodged a sexual abuse grievance earlier than he disappeared final week, authorities stated.
Sgt. Elder Fernandes, 23, who was final seen Monday when he was dropped off at a house in Killeen and was reported lacking on Wednesday, was the alleged victim of abuse on the troubled Texas Military base, officers stated.
“The unit sexual assault response coordinator has been working carefully with Sgt. Fernandes, guaranteeing he was conscious of all his reporting, care, and victim advocacy choices,” Lt. Col. Chris Brautigam, Fort Hood’s public affairs officer, stated in a press release.
Officers stated Fernandes was concerned in an open sexual abuse investigation however didn’t present particulars.
Brautigam stated the soldier was transferred to a different unit “to make sure he obtained the correct care and guarantee there weren’t alternatives for reprisal.”
Fernandes went lacking after being discharged from the Carl R. Darnall Military Medical Middle, but it surely was unclear why he was on the hospital and whose handle he was dropped off at, based on KWKT-TV.
“We want solutions,” Fernandes’ aunt, Isabel Neves Fernandes, instructed the outlet. “We have to know the place my nephew is, my sister’s son is. We have to know that he’s okay. We have to know that he’s alive.”
Neves Fernandez stated her nephew’s automobile was stuffed along with his belongings when he went lacking, and that he had rented an condominium and arrange all of the utilities — however by no means confirmed as much as get the keys.
A minimum of 5 troopers from Fort Hood have died this yr, together with Vanessa Guillen, 20, who went lacking and was later discovered useless and mutilated. One other solder, Aaron Robinson, was suspected in the homicide however took his personal life earlier than he may very well be taken into custody.
Earlier this month, the physique of Spc. Francisco Gilberto Hernandezvargas, 24, was pulled from a lake close to the bottom.
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