What happened to US Army cook Amanda Gonzales in Hanau, Hesse, Germany?

Amanda Gonzales of Madisonville, Madison County, Texas, United States has died. She was 19.

Gonzales grew up in Madisonville. She was a private first class in the U.S. Army.


Born in Hearne, Robertson County, Texas to Santos Gonzales and Gloria Bates, Amanda was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Hearne. Gloria is married to Michael Bates.

Since 1986, Michael has helped raised Amanda. In 2000, she graduated from Madisonville High School on South May Street in Madisonville. 

After graduating from high school, Amanda surprised her family with the news that she was joining the U.S. Army. An aspiring physical therapist for children, she planned to save up pay for college.


In March 2001, Amanda was deployed to Germany. In September 2001, she visited Paris, France.

On November 5, 2001, Amanda did not report for work and was found dead in her third-floor barracks room on Fliegerhorst Kasern near Hanau, Main-Kinzig-Kreis, Hesse, Germany. The cause of death was ruled a homicide by asphyxiation.

Amanda was on her first assignment in the U.S. Army. At the time of her death, she was assigned to the Headquarters Supply Company of the 127th Aviation Support battalion as a cook.

When Amanda was fatally strangled, she was 4 months pregnant. There are still no details about the suspect and the father of her unborn child.


Anyone with information about the death of Amanda Gonzales is asked to contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation or any U.S. embassy or consulate.

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