The Harker Heights Police Department in Texas is investigating the mysterious murder of a soldier. He was stationed at Fort Hood, also the home base of Vanessa Guillen, who has been missing for a full month now.
Someone called the Harker Heights Police around 10:15 a.m. on Monday to report “a deceased person” in the 2100 block of Fuller Lane. They sent a unit to check it out but didn’t find a body. The mystery deepened when a few minutes later a vehicle fire was reported.
What is so strange is that it was over a mile and a half away by car from the reported body, where Douglas Fir dead ends in gravel at Jubilation Drive. The police soon discovered what turned out to be the 2016 Jeep Renegade owned by 27-year-old Pfc. Brandon Rosecrans. His life came to a dead end there too.
One soldier murdered, one missing, no clues
Fort Hood Texas is suddenly becoming a dangerous place, especially for our servicemen and women. One soldier has been missing for a month, now local law enforcement have a murder on their hands.
The vehicle fire was suspicious enough but they don’t believe that Private Rosecrans shot himself in the head. They’re really wondering who reported the body in the wrong location and why.
The Harker Heights police are working in tandem with the fire department to investigate both a murder and an arson case. The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command was also called in to lend a hand.
Rosecrans had previously been awarded with decorations including the National Defense Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.
Rosecrans and his jeep were miles away from Fort Hood when discovered. He’s assigned to the Army’s 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. Similar to Vanessa Guillen, who worked doing small arms repair, Rosecrans is a “quartermaster and chemical equipment repairer.” Hailing from Kimberling City, Missouri, the PFC joined up in November of 2018.
Deepest regrets to the family
His commander issued a statement offering condolences to the family. “Command Sgt. Maj. Ryan McLane and I would like to express our deepest regrets to the family and loved ones,” Col. Kevin Capra said in a statement. “The thoughts and prayers” of every soldier in the 215th Brigade Support Battalion and the Greywolf Brigade “are with them during this difficult time.”
Anyone with any information is urged to contact authorities. Harker Heights police stress that “all information disclosed is confidential and anonymous.”
They also note, “anyone with information that leads to an arrest could be eligible to receive up to $1,000 in a cash reward.” There’s a much bigger reward out for Vanessa Guillen too.