A female soldier who went missing over the weekend after failing to report to work at Fort Hood has been found alive.
A private first-class soldier, Jennifer Sewell, was last seen departing her Texas base around 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7.
According to officials, she has not been to work since. She apparently departed alone and has not responded to calls from her relatives, managers, or police forces.
“Military officials are in constant contact with Sewell’s unit, her family and close friends to ensure her health and safety,” authorities stated according to the New York Post.
Sewell was subsequently reported safe by the Army on Sunday night, Oct. 10, and the Army was trying to assist so that she could safely return to the base and active service. No more details were given.
The Commander of Regimental Support Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, Ltc. Octavia Davis said, according to the Daily News, “Pfc. Sewell is a valued member of our team, and our number one priority is ensuring her safe return. We are in regular contact with her family and will provide any assistance she and her family may need to return to Fort Hood”.
In 2020, at least 39 soldiers went missing or died, with 13 of them committing suicide. During the examination into a missing soldier, Vanessa Guillen, who was found dead in June 2020, the Army sacked or punished 14 senior Fort Hood officers in December of the same year.
According to an independent investigation of the Texas base, military authorities were not appropriately handling high levels of sexual assault and harassment, drug usage, and other difficulties precipitated by the deaths of more than two dozen soldiers there the same year.