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Vanessa Guillén, Fort Hood soldier who went missing in April, died 'in the line of duty,' Army says

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 10/21/2020 Jessica Flores, USA TODAY
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U.S. Army officials announced Tuesday that Vanessa Guillén, the 20-year-old Fort Hood soldier who went missing in April, died "in the line of duty."

"The Army conducts a line of duty determination for all Soldier deaths," Fort Hood officials said in a statement. 

The line-of-duty determination means that Guillén's family will receive Army benefits, such as compensation for expenses, the Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance, allowances and a funeral with full military honors.

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Officials briefed the Guillén family on the results of the investigation on Tuesday, according to the statement

Guillén was last seen April 22 at the base near Killeen, Texas, and her remains were found three months later. Army officials identified 20-year-old Spc. Aaron David Robinson of Illinois as a suspect in her disappearance and killing.

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Robinson ran from his post after reports that partial human remains had been found near the Leon River in Bell County, officials said. He later shot himself when police tried to arrest him.

U.S. Department of Justice officials also identified Cecily Anne Aguilar, a 22-year-old Killeen resident, as a second suspect. Aguilar, Robinson's girlfriend, was arrested on federal charges of tampering with evidence. She pleaded not guilty in July and is scheduled to make her next court appearance on Nov. 30.

If convicted, Aguilar could face up to 20 years in prison with a maximum fine of $250,000.

Contributing: Heather Osbourne and Kelsey Bradshaw, Austin (Texas) American-Statesman; Wyatte Grantham-Philips; USA TODAY.

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