The Killeen Police Department made an appeal to the public Thursday evening for assistance in locating another soldier that has gone missing from Fort Hood.
23-year-old Sergeant Elder Fernandes was last seen by his Staff Sergeant on Monday afternoon when he dropped him off at his residence. Fernandes is described by Task and Purpose as a chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear specialist assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division's Sustainment Brigade.
A Missing Soldier Alert was posted to the 1st Cavalry Division's Twitter account late Thursday afternoon asking for anyone with information about his whereabouts to please contact the Fort Hood Military Police at (254) 288-1170 or US Army Criminal Investigation Department at (254) 287-2722. Their primary concern, the poster states, "is to ensure his safety and wellbeing."
Fernandes' family is making their way from Brockton, Massachusetts to Texas in hopes of locating him.
"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," his sister, Isabel Fernandes told 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."
According to a post on Twitter by Representative Liz Miranda (D-Mass) his vehicle and all of his belongings have been located. He additionally had recently signed a lease on a new apartment and never picked up the keys.
Fernandes is described as being approximately 5 feet 4 inches tall and about 133 pounds.
Fort Hood has recently come under fire for its handling of the disappearance of Specialist Vanessa Guillen and in July, more than 90 lawmakers called for an independent review of that handling to be conducted.