Police in Killeen, Texas, asked for the public's help Thursday night in finding Sgt. Elder Fernandes, 23. He has not been heard from by his family since Monday, Aug. 17, when family members told them he was last seen by his staff sergeant, police said.
His car with his belongings was found on post. He had just signed a new lease but never picked up his keys, according to his aunt, Isabel Fernandes.
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"This is very, very unusual. He has been in touch with us since last week. I personally spoke to him Friday morning. He spoke with his mom this past Sunday and he promised he would call on Monday," Fernandes told ABC7's sister station ABC13. "Monday came and went and he didn't call, and he didn't answer calls from anyone else. Tuesday, no calls and my sister ended up flying down there yesterday, and still we haven't heard from him."
Fernandes is from Massachusetts. His mother traveled to Fort Hood to press Army officials, said her sister.
Texas Equusearch, a search and rescue group, has offered to help in the search. A search is being planned for Saturday.
"Our primary concern is to ensure his wellbeing and safety," the first cavalry division wrote in a tweet.
We are seeking your help in locating Sgt. Elder Fernandes.— 1st Cavalry Division (@1stCavalryDiv) August 20, 2020
Please contact the Fort Hood Military Police at 254-288-1170 or US Army CID at 254-287-2722, if you have any information on his whereabouts. pic.twitter.com/81I1SEx9hl
Fernandes' disappearance comes in the wake of Guillen's death. Her disappearance and murder has garnered national attention and thrust the third largest Army base into the spotlight. The Army announced an independent command climate review.
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"We are here all worried. He has a big family and we need to find him and we need to find him alive," said his aunt.
Fernandes is about 5'4" and weighs roughly 133 pounds. He was last seen wearing black Army physical training shorts and a T-shirt with red athletic shoes.
Anyone with information on Fernandes's whereabouts is urged to contact the Fort Hood Military Police at 254-288-1170 or U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Department at 254-287-2722.