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Army declares missing soldier Kelli Bordeaux dead

Posted May 22, 2013

Fort Bragg officials said Wednesday they have declared missing soldier Kelli Bordeaux deceased so her military benefits can be transferred to her family.

The change in status does not presume she is dead, according to a statement from the post. It was made based on a recommendation from a board convened to review her duty status, which was listed as missing on May 16, 2012.

Post officials said Bordeaux’s husband and mother were notified of the change Monday.

Bordeaux, 23, was last seen leaving the Froggy Bottoms bar in Fayetteville on April 13, 2012. She was reported missing three days later when she didn’t report for work. She was assigned to the 601st Area Support Medical Company, 44th Medical Brigade, and served as a combat medic.

“Kelli’s entire family is in our thoughts and prayers, especially her mother, husband, sister and brother,” said Lt. Col. Heather A. Kness, commanding officer of the 261st Multifunctional Medical Battalion. “On behalf of the battalion, I would like to thank the countless members of the community and law enforcement who have searched endlessly for Kelli over the last year."

The family recently marked the one-year anniversary of Bordeaux’s disappearance with a renewed plea to the public for help.

"Somebody had to have seen something," her sister, Olivia Cox, said last month. "It's a year later, you're carrying the weight of that knowledge. It's got to be heavy – just come forward and, you know, tell police, and give us answers. We need to bring Kelli home."


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  • Obamacare survives May 23, 2013

    She's not dead. This is what I've been trying to tell you guys.

  • Country Girlz Have MORE fun May 23, 2013

    Yes I agree...I think the police have spoken to the guilty person. I think that type of person will strike again within time.

  • trianglerelic May 22, 2013

    There must be a statue of time at which point they declare you lost / dead for legal purposes. It's very sad when someone goes missing like this, and the family never knows..

  • heard-it-all-before May 22, 2013

    nice that they can go ahead and get the benefits, but still sad because this means the military closes the books on searching for her.

  • mfarmer1 May 22, 2013

    I think the police talked to the killer, but don't have enough evidence to arrest him.

  • jenniegreen May 22, 2013

    Assuming the status is correct, Rest in Peace Hero!

  • marciamal1 May 22, 2013

    This is really sad - i feel so bad for this family not knowing the whereabouts of their loved one. I pray that someone (with a heart) comes forth with any information. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  • juchushu May 22, 2013

    Can't assume she is dead. Look at those girls in Ohio that were presumed dead for over ten years. You just never know.

  • OSX May 22, 2013

    Countess said.... "someone out there who knows exactly what happened to her"

    This is scary to know this person is still out there. Who is next???

    This is very sad. For the family, this has to be hard to hear. Someday soon I hope this is solved. Maybe she is still alive. Hope she is.

  • Sherlock May 22, 2013