The United States Army reported this Saturday that the 23-year-old soldier Elder Fernándes, who disappeared while serving at the Fort Hood military base in Texas, was the victim of sexual abuse.
Fernandes disappeared on August 15 at a residence in Killen, Texas, and did not report to the military base that day as he should have. His vehicle was found in the parking lot of his residence.
“There is an open investigation of abusive sexual contact” (against the Hispanic soldier), said Lt. Col. Chris Brautigam, public affairs officer for the 1st Cavalry Division, in a statement issued this Saturday.
“I knew there was a problem there. There was some reason not to go back there (…) What happened to my son? I need to find my son,” said Lina, Fernandes’ mother, in an interview with the Telemundo network .
According to the Army, Fernandes was transferred to another unit within the same military base to protect him. It is not clear if there are other people linked to the investigation of sexual abuse against the young man.
There are already several cases of missing soldiers at the Fort Hood military base, the same one in which the Hispanic soldier Vanessa Guillén served, who was found lifeless after having disappeared under strange circumstances.