Missing Soldier Was Part Of A Sexual Abuse Investigation

Killeen (AP) – Officials say a soldier who has gone missing from Fort Hood in central Texas has been involved in an open investigation of abusive sexual contact. Sgt. Elder Fernandes was reported missing on Wednesday. Killeen police say the 23 year old Fernandes hasn’t been seen since Monday when his staff sergeant dropped him off at home. U.S. Army officials say Fernandes was transferred into another unit after making an abuse report to ensure that he was properly cared for, and to prevent retaliation. Fernandes is the third Fort Hood solider to go missing in the past year.

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