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$25,000 reward offered for info on missing Fort Bragg soldier

Posted March 22, 2013

— Fort Bragg and Fayetteville officials announced Friday that a $25,000 reward is being offered for information about a 23-year-old missing soldier who hasn't been seen since last April.

Pfc. Kelli Bordeaux disappeared after leaving Froggy Bottoms, a Ramsey Street bar, around 1:20 a.m. April 14. Fort Bragg officials reported her missing when she didn't show up for work on April 16.

Investigators have not named any suspects in her disappearance but have said they believe she left the bar with Nicholas Holbert, a 25-year-old convicted sex offender, whom she met there a week earlier.

Holbert, who lived in a lean-to behind the bar, claims that he dropped her off at the entrance to the apartment complex where she lived with her husband, who was in Florida visiting family that weekend. 

Holbert says he had nothing to do with the disappearance. He was later arrested for failure to register as a sex offender.

Bordeaux was last seen wearing a pink tube top, black shorts and a pair of flip-flops that investigators have described as "bedazzled." She is 5 feet, 1 inch tall, 105 pounds and has blonde hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information should call 910-396-8777 or 910-396-0392.


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  • Just Plain Common Sense Mar 25, 2013

    I remember some of this sad story. Personally, I don't think it was the husband. The sex offender? Likely. A lot of rapes on that side of town...and young people like her are easy orey for criminals. Anybody could have made arrangements to meet her, truckers, travelers, other soldiers, pedophiles, and worst of all? The sex trade. I hope she is safe and awol but most likely, that will not be the case. I don't think she is in that area or she would have been found by now. A sad end to such a young life. To her parents and loved ones, God be with you, and I hope you find closure.

  • SFSOLDIER Mar 25, 2013

    The husband and sex offender are suspect to me......she knew the perp or perps...

  • geraniumposey Mar 22, 2013

    Something very odd about this case. Why did she happen to disappear while her husband was in Florida visiting his family? It's very odd for the husband to take off alone to vacation. Something about this reminds me of a certain Jason Young who happened to be "away" on business when his wife was brutally murdered.
    Not saying there's any connection to this situation, but it would be interesting to know if her husband routinely took these kinds of trips, and why she was not included.

  • bgibson3 Mar 22, 2013

    My barber and I were talking about this case a few weeks ago. They've painted over the "Froggy Bottoms" bar sign, and there hasn't been a new business opened there since after the disappearance. But, diagonally across the street from the bar is the new US295 construction. The State DOT had brought in a bunch of dirt just after the disappearance. Now they are digging it back out to construct the foundations for the new overpass supports. Both my barber and I had similar thoughts, while stopped at the nearby traffic light. If you had buried a body there just before they hauled in all that dirt, it would have been highly unlikely you would have ever found the body under the tons of new earth.

  • Crumps Br0ther Mar 22, 2013

    think the hubby should be looked at much harder. She was going out a lot, reportedly had a ‘friend’ around town as well, been hanging out at same bar a few times while hubby was back home. It’s not crazy to think he could’ve driven up to ‘bust’ her, waited in/around her apartment and ‘caught’ her being out or getting out of a car. Then took/assaulted her and got back within a night. Better explains not finding any evidence in and around the area.

    As a vet, Im going to agree with your scenario. Infidelity is pretty rampant in the armed services. She is pretty girl so Im sure there were plenty of guys trying to be everything her husband wasn't

  • Deb1003 Mar 22, 2013

    Actually, watching the Jason Young trial in Wake Co makes Ven's scenario a plausible one. I just hope she turns up soon ... for her parents.

  • Save It Mar 22, 2013

    Doesn't sound like a matter of where she is as much as who killed her?

  • airbornemonty Mar 22, 2013

    It has always been my contention as well, the spouse arrived earlier than what Kelli expected and he saw her getting out of Holbert's car and the result is self explanatory.

  • sczarnecki Mar 22, 2013

    This looks like an unsolved mystery.Like so many in nc.

  • vile garbage Mar 22, 2013

    You guys watch too much CSI.