The military charged an Army intelligence analyst with murdering his wife, Selena Roth, whose body was found last month in housing at Schofield Barracks, according to a press release.

The suspect, Spc. Raul Hernandezperez, 25, from Naples, Florida, was assigned to the 500th Military Intelligence Brigade, it said.

Roth, who was an Army veteran, was found dead on Jan. 13 by Military Police conducting a welfare check at the request of a family member. She was buried on Monday in Tampa, Florida, Stars and Stripes reported.

Selena Roth was an Army veteran found dead last month on Schofield Barracks. Her husband has been charged in her death. Brewer & Son Funeral Services

“Our brigade and the Army community are heartbroken by Selena’s death,” Col. Theodore Travis, commander of the 500th Military Intelligence Brigade, said in the press release on Thursday. “We have extended our condolences to Selena’s family, friends and loved ones. We ask that you please respect the highly sensitive nature of this tragedy out of respect for the families.”

“We will ensure that Spc. Hernandezperez is treated fairly throughout the judicial process,” Travis added.

The charges against Hernandezperez were filed under Article 118 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, the laws covering members of the U.S. armed forces, “for the murder of his spouse, Selena Roth,” the press release said.

Before leaving the Army, Roth served as a signals intelligence specialist. In her last days in Hawaii Roth was an avid animal lover who fostered dogs and ran a pet sitting business on Oahu before her death. She was also vocal on social media about sexual harassment and the violence military women face in the ranks.

At the time of her death, she had a Facebook profile picture recognizing Army Spec. Vanessa Guillen, a 20-year-old Army soldier murdered at Fort Hood, Texas last year.

“Vanessa Guillen is still my profile picture, not because I’m too lazy to change it, but because what happened to her is an ongoing issue that affects us all,” Roth wrote in a Dec. 7 post. “I know it feels old, I know you’re tired of all of this, but don’t let her death go without consequence.”

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