A Texas woman accused of helping mutilate and dispose of the body of a Fort Hood soldier who vanished this spring was charged Thursday, authorities said.
Cecily Aguilar, 22, of Killeen, faces one count of conspiracy to tamper with evidence in the April 22 disappearance of Army Specialist Vanessa Guillen, federal prosecutors in Texas’ western district said in a statement.
Partial remains were found in Bell County earlier this week but have not been formally identified as Guillen, prosecutors said.
A Fort Hood soldier who authorities identified earlier Thursday as another suspect in Guillen’s disappearance, E-4 Specialist Aaron David Robinson, allegedly told Aguilar that he killed a female soldier after hitting her in the head with a hammer, according to officials.
Robinson, 20, also allegedly enlisted Aguilar — who recognized Guillen — to help him get rid of her body at a remote site in Bell County, near Fort Hood. Damon Phelps of the CID, the Army’s primary criminal investigative organization, told reporters that Aguilar is the estranged wife of a former Fort Hood soldier.
Earlier Thursday, Phelps said that Robinson died by suicide early Wednesday after fleeing Fort Hood the night before.