AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The physique of a lacking soldier is believed to had been found about 30 miles from Fortress Hood, the Navy nasty in Texas where he was once stationed, police said Tuesday.
Identification found with the physique in Temple, Texas, signifies the person will be lacking Fortress Hood soldier Sgt. Elder Fernandes, in step with a assertion from local police. Forensic confirmation is pending.
Fernandes is the third soldier from Fortress Hood to sail lacking in the previous year, and two had been found tedious this summer season.
Temple police purchased a medical call at 5: 36 p.m. announcing a male had been seen come some railroad tracks, in step with the assertion. When officers arrived, they definite the person was once tedious.
Foul play isn’t very suspected, police said, however the investigation is ongoing. An post-mortem has been ordered.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Fernandes family for the length of this tough time,” Temple Police Chief Shawn Reynolds said.
Natalie Khawam, who is representing the Fernandes family, said Navy police told family contributors about the invention late Tuesday evening. She said the physique was once found hanging in a tree.
Fernandes’ backpack was once with him, Khawam said, and police found the 23-year-passe man’s driver’s license inside of.
Fernandes was once reported lacking by Killeen and U.S. Navy police on Aug. 19 after he was once closing seen on Aug. 17, when officials said a superior dropped him off at his condominium. Fortress Hood said in a assertion over the weekend that Fernandes had transferred items after reporting sexual abuse, an Navy legit said in a assertion.
Fortress Hood officials didn’t at the moment reply to a requirement for narrate Tuesday. The Navy and the Fernandes family, from Massachusetts, had asked the final public for motivate in finding the lacking soldier.
“I am saddened that but any other soldier who served the country has been destroyed by sexual assault and sexual harassment and this poisonous culture in the militia that exists,” said Khawam, who is also representing the family of Vanessa Guillen, but any other Fortress Hood soldier who went lacking and who was once found tedious.
The Navy said a fellow soldier killed her.
U.S. Navy Secretary Ryan McCarthy said in a talk about with to Fortress Hood earlier this month that the Central Texas nasty had about a of the most effective numbers of sexual assault, harassment and abolish. He ordered an independent probe of Fortress Hood in July, after authorities said Guillen was once slain.
Acacia Coronado is a corps member for the Associated Press/File for The US Statehouse News Initiative. File for The US is a nonprofit national service program that areas journalists in local newsrooms to chronicle on undercovered points.