BELL COUNTY, TX. (THECOUNT) — A suspect wanted in connection to a Fort Hood criminal case died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound as officers closed in overnight, police in Killeen say.

The suicide comes after human remains were found Tuesday during the search for missing soldier, Vanessa Guillen, in Bell County, Texas.


According to the Army Criminal Investigation Division, they have not yet confirmed what case the suspect was wanted for, nor have they released the deceased person’s identity.


According to the Killeen Police Department, its officers, U.S. Marshals and investigators from the Army post’s Criminal Investigation Division located the suspect in the 4700 block of East Rancier Avenue around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday. As officers tried to make contact with the suspect, he allegedly pulled out a gun and shot himself. He died a short time later.

The Army CID issued the following statement on the discovery of Guillen:

Due to extensive investigative work conducted by Special Agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, agents have returned to an area of interest close to the Leon River, Bell County, Texas for more investigative work in the search for PFC Vanessa Guillen. After receiving additional information, agents have discovered what has been described as partial human remains after analysis from a forensic anthropologist. Army CID agents are currently on scene with the Texas Rangers, the FBI and Bell County Sheriff’s Department. No confirmation as to the identity of the remains has been made at this point and we ask for the media and public’s understanding that the identification process can take time.

Due to the ongoing criminal investigation, no further information will be released at this time.

The Army CID said additional information led them to return to the area of a search for Guillen that was conducted last week near the Leon River.

The search is near Little River Academy at 436 Leon River Bridge. It’s the same area authorities were searching on June 22.


Geo quick facts: Bell County is a county located in the central part of the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 310,235. Its county seat is Belton. The county was founded in 1850 and is named for Peter Hansborough Bell, the third governor of Texas – Wikipedia.