U.S. Army Drill Sergeant, Jessica Mitchell, 30, was found dead in her car, early New Year’s Day morning, in San Antonio, Texas.
Officers reported to the scene at 2:00 a.m., after receiving a report that there was a stranded car on I-10, a statement from the San Antonio Police Department said.
Upon arrival, police found Mitchell’s white Dodge Challenger. There were multiple bullet holes in the driver’s side door and window.
“Officers opened the vehicle door and checked for a pulse on the victim (who) appeared to have been struck multiple times,” the police said.
KSAT-TV reported that Mitchell didn’t have a pulse at the scene and she was pronounced dead at University Hospital, at 3 a.m.
Sgt. Mitchell was an Army dental specialist at the U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston.
According to the San Antonio Express-News, Maj. Gen. Dennis LeMaster assigned to the Center of Excellence said in a statement, “We are devastated by the tragic loss of Drill Sergeant Jessica Mitchell. Our sincere condolences go out to her family and friends. We are focused on supporting Drill Sergeant Mitchell’s family as well as her soldiers during this extremely difficult time.”
Mitchell was on leave at the time of the incident.
Francesca Toby, a friend of Sergeant Mitchell’s, said that, “She was a beautiful, beautiful woman. She had a son and he’s without his mom, and I just want to give my prayers to her family, to her son, to her son’s father.” Sergeant Mitchell leaves behind a 10-year-old son.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first tragedy to strike the Mitchell family. According to WOAI-TV of San Antonio, her brother, Justice Mitchell, was murdered in 2017 at the age of 18.
The sergeant’s death comes in the wake of the discovery of skeletal remains outside of Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston and the murder of Army Spc. Vanessa Guillén at Fort Hood.
Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston released a statement that the Army’s Criminal Investigation Division will be working with the San Antonio Police Department to investigate Mitchell’s death.