KILLEEN, Texas - A soldier from Fort Hood has gone missing and law enforcement is asking for the public's help in finding him.
The soldier is a chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear specialist assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 553rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion (CSSB), 1st Cavalry Division Sustainment Brigade (1CDSB).
According to a release from the Killeen Police Department, family members of 23-year-old Sgt. Elder Fernandes have not heard from him since Monday.
He was last seen by his staff sergeant on Monday afternoon when he dropped Fernandes off at his home on Woodlands Drive in Killeen. He did not report to work the following day as scheduled.
Additionally, his only known vehicle was located on base at his unit’s parking lot.
Fernandes is Black, 5 feet, 5 inches tall, and 133 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a black Army physical training shirt and shorts with black, orange, and yellow athletic shoes.
Elder Fernandes (Killeen Police Department)
Information gathered from fellow Soldiers so far indicate Fernandes may have left Fort Hood on his own accord, according to the United States Army
Criminal Investigation Command.
“We are very concerned about the welfare of this Soldier and first and foremost we want to ensure he is okay,” said Christopher Grey, spokesman for CID. “If someone out there has any information, regardless of how trivial you may think it is, we are asking you to contact us immediately.”
A search for SGT Fernandes is ongoing by Fort Hood Soldiers, Army CID Special Agents, the Killeen Police Department, and other state and local law enforcement agencies.
Detectives with KPD's Criminal Investigation Division are asking anyone who has seen him or knows where he is to call KPD at 254-200-7905. Information can also be given by contacting the Fort Hood Military Police at 254-288-1170 or US Army CID at 254-287-2722.
You can also contact the Fort Hood CID Office at 254-287-2722 or the Fort Hood MP desk at 254-287-4001. Information can also be anonymously submitted by clicking here. People wishing to remain anonymous will be honored to the degree allowable under the law and the information will be held in the strictest confidence allowable.