FORT HOOD - The murder of a 19-year-old female soldier half a world away may in some way be connected to the Fort Hood community, and the U.S. Army is offering a $100,000 reward to find the answers. Pfc. Amanda Gonzales, a native of Madisonville, was found dead in her third floor barracks room on Flieghorst Kasen near Hanau, Germany, on the morning of Nov. 5, 2001. Christopher Grey, public affairs officer for the U.S. Army Criminal Investigative Division in Fort Belvoir, Va., said their focus was on Fort Hood and another Army post, which Grey declined to disclose. “We are convinced that someone in your area has information that can help us solve this case,” Grey said. Gonzales, who’d only been in Germany a short while, was assigned to Headquarters Supply Company, 127th Aviation Support Battalion, where she worked as a cook According to CID investigators, Gonzales was found after she failed to show up for work after a long weekend. She had been strangled, but she didn’t die alone. Gonzales was four months pregnant at the time of her murder. “We have identified the father of the unborn child,” Grey said. However, Grey did not say whether or not the father was a suspect in Gonzales’ murder, or whether or not she had a roommate in the barracks. Gonzales was last seen three days before her murder during the unit’s morning formation. For seven years, Army criminal investigators have struggled to find a suspect in the case, and opted to begin offering a reward for credible information in the case, initially offering $20,000 for information, then $50,000 and last year $75,000 “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,” Grey said. It is only within the last week that criminal investigators chose to look at Fort Hood and possibly Fort Bragg, N.C., as areas of interest. “Fort Hood CID is working with CID Headquarters in Virginia, as are several other CID offices Army-wide, to disseminate this information,” said Nancy Bourget, spokeswoman for III Corps public affairs. In the meantime, investigators in Washington, D.C., are hoping they can close this case and bring peace to Gonzales’ family. “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,” Grey said. “We strongly encourage anyone with information to contact us immediately.” Anyone with information regarding this case should contact their local CID office or CID Headquarters at 703-806-0277 or e-mail CID at crimetips@conus.army.mil.