Missing Fort Hood soldier Pfc. Jennifer Sewell found safe, officials say

Pfc. Jennifer Sewell was last seen leaving her post Thursday. Since then, family and officials haven't been able to reach her.

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Monday, October 11, 2021
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As Fort Hood's commander works to rebuild trust at the post, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy pledges to hold leaders accountable. You can see his full statement above from Nov. 18.

KILLEEN, Texas -- A Fort Hood soldier who had been missing for several days has been found and reunited with family, military officials said Sunday night.

Pfc. Jennifer Sewell was last seen leaving her post on base at around 4 p.m. on Oct. 7.

The fort later issued a statement describing Sewell as missing and asking for the public's help locating her. They said she apparently left the fort for unknown reasons on her own accord.

Fort Hood officials say they spoke to Sewell's family around 7 p.m. Sunday and confirmed she is safe.

"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," said Ltc. Octavia Davis, commander of Regimental Support Squadron, 3d Cavalry Regiment.

Officials did not provide additional details, citing the family's request for privacy.

The video above is from a previous report.

The disappearance of another soldier from Fort Hood brought renewed attention to the facility's past.

More than two dozen Fort Hood soldiers died in 2020, including in multiple homicides and suicides.

The murder of soldier Vanessa Guillen in April 2020, whose remains were found in July, and other cases prompted an independent review, which found that military leaders were not adequately dealing with high rates of sexual assault, harassment, drug use and other problems at the base. The review also concluded that the Army CID was understaffed, overwhelmed and filled with inexperienced investigators.