Army offers $100K reward for info

Published 7:54 pm Thursday, December 11, 2008

U.S. Army officials believe someone in the Covington County area may have information that would help solve the 2001 murder of a 19-year-old pregnant soldier stationed in Germany.

Special agents with the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) are offering a $100,000 reward to anyone with information leading to the apprehension and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the 2001 death of U.S. Army Soldier Pfc. Amanda Gonzales in Hanau, Germany, said CID spokesman Chris Grey.

Gonzales, who was originally from Houston, Texas, was four months pregnant at the time of her death, he said. Her body was found Nov. 5, 2001, in her third-floor barracks room on Fliegerhorst Kasern near Hanau, Germany, after she did not report for work.

Gonzales was assigned to Headquarters Supply Company of the 127th Aviation Support Battalion as a cook at the time of her death. It was her first assignment in the Army, and she had been in Germany only eight months. Her death was ruled a homicide by asphyxiation.

“We have reason to believe that someone in your area may have information that would assist us in solving this homicide case,” Grey said.

“Increasing the reward to $100,000 is a testament to the determination we have in solving this case and bringing the person or persons responsible to justice,” he said. “We are confident that someone out there knows something about the untimely death of this soldier and her unborn child, and we are not giving up. We strongly encourage anyone with information to contact us immediately.”

Persons with any information regarding this case should contact their local CID office or CID headquarters at 703-806-0277 or e-mail CID at Person’s wishing to remain anonymous will be honored and information will be held in the strictest confidence allowable under the law.