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Soldier In Custody In Connection With Murder Of Army Veteran Found In Dumpster At Hawaii Base

Selena Roth, who paid tribute to slain Army soldier Vanessa Guillén on her Facebook page, has herself been murdered.

By Gina Tron
Soldier In Custody After Veteran Found In Dumpster

A soldier has been arrested in connection with the murder of an Army veteran whose body was found dumped at a Hawaii military base last week.

The body of Selena Roth, 25, was discovered at Schofield Barracks, a military base in Oahu, Hawaii, on Wednesday morning as military police conducted a welfare check on her following a family request, the U.S. Army stated in a press release.

A suspect, who has not been named, was taken into custody on Wednesday evening. The relationship, if any, between Roth and the unnamed suspect has not been revealed. The Army notes that the suspect has been "apprehended and placed in pre-trial confinement."

Roth was found in a dumpster in the military housing area at Schofield Barracks. It’s not clear how exactly she died but investigators have made it clear they believe she was murdered.

“This is now an ongoing homicide investigation into a senseless and tragic death,” Army Criminal Investigation Command spokesman Chris Grey said Thursday. 

Roth has been described as both an Army veteran and a military member’s spouse. Her brother posted a heartfelt tribute to his slain sister on Facebook, describing his sibling as the “type of girl who drove four hours after working to go rescue a dog from a kill shelter.”

“She had a big heart,” he said, explaining that for a period in time, she'd just send him money along with a note that said, "this is for the karma you've put out in the world.”

He said she always did what she felt was right.

“Ultimately, she was murdered,” he wrote. “Senseless. Gruesome. Horrible. Frustrating. Angering. Sometimes all the words in world [sic] wouldn't accurately be able to describe how we feel. We can only hope the justice system works. Otherwise, what else can we do?”

Roth’s own Facebook page featured a missing poster of Vanessa Guillén, a Fort Hood soldier who disappeared before her dismembered remains were discovered 20 miles away from the base. Investigators believe that U.S. Army Specialist Aaron Robinson attacked and killed Guillen and that his girlfriend, Cecily Aguilar, allegedly helped dispose of the evidence.