Another Soldier has gone missing from US Army base, Fort Hood. Elder Fernandes, 23 is a member of the 1st Cavalry Division Sustainment Brigade. The 1st Calvary Division Twitter just released the following statement:
“We are seeking your help in locating Sgt. Elder Fernandes. Please contact the Fort Hood Military Police at 254-288-1170 or US Army CID at 254-287-2722, if you have any information on his whereabouts.”
Killeen Police Department Spokeswoman Ofelia Miramontez stated the Fernandes family filed a missing person report with police on Wednesday. Additionally, that he has not been seen since August 17th. Sgt Elder Fernandes is 5-foot-4, and weighs approximately 135lbs. He was last seen wearing black Army PT shorts & T-shirt. He was also wearing red athletic style shoes.
KWTX reports that police said “Family members said Fernandes’ staff sergeant dropped him off Monday afternoon at his home in the 2700 block of Woodlands Drive in Killeen.”
The Fort Hood official Twitter account made an official statement.
“Our primary concern is for his health and well-being.”
They went on to say, “We have completed a search of the entire division area, to include motor pools, parking lots, and headquarters buildings and the unit is in contact with the soldier’s family, the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division and civilian law enforcement agencies to help find him as we continue our search. Finding him and ensuring his safety is a top priority for the division.”
As you may remember, we found that there have been over 144 cases of missing, killed, and other servicemember related incidents in the last 4 years. Specifically, in only Fort Hood. However, the Inspector General made a controversial statement after his visit to the installation. Col Patrick Wempe stated “Fort Hood is overall meeting the standards.”
Anyone with information on Elder Fernandes is implored to call 911 and the Fort Hood Military Police. There number is 254-288-1170 or U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Department at 254-287-2722.
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