Another Fort Hood Soldier missing, authorities seek assistance from public


Kelsey Bradshaw
Austin American-Statesman

Authorities are asking for the community’s help in locating Elder Fernandez, a Fort Hood soldier who was last seen on Monday.

Sgt. Elder Fernandez, 23, was last seen by his staff sergeant who had dropped him off at his Killeen home in the 2700 block of Woodlands Drive, Killeen police said. Fernandez’s family contacted police on Wednesday.

His family has not heard from him since Monday, police said.

Fernandez was wearing black Army PT shorts and a T-shirt with red athletic shoes. He is described as being 5-foot-4-inches tall and weighing around 133 pounds, police said.

“We are actively searching to locate him and continue to stay in contact with his family, friends and law enforcement. Our primary concern is to ensure his safety and well-being,” Fort Hood officials said.

Those with information on Fernandez are asked to call the Fort Hood Military Police at 254-288-1170 or the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division at 254-287-2722.

Killeen police can be contacted by calling 254-200-7905.

“This incident is being investigated and information will be released as it becomes available,” police said.

Fernandez is a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear specialist assigned to Fort Hood’s 1st Cavalry Division, officials said.

Officials have searched through the division’s area, including motor pools, parking lots and headquarter buildings, and the unit is in contact with Fernandez’s family.

“Finding him and ensuring his safety is a top priority for the division,” Fort Hood officials said.

This year at the post, which is a little over an hour north of Austin, U.S. Army Spc. Vanessa Guillen was reported missing. Remains found near Leon River in Bell County, about 20 miles east of Fort Hood, were confirmed to be those of Guillen on July 6.

Since Guillen’s death, other soldiers from the post have been reported to have died.

On Aug. 13, Sgt. Bradley Moore, 36, died while conducting land navigation training at Fort Hood.

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