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Investigators confirm remains found at Bragg are not human

Posted November 21, 2012

— Tests have determined that remains discovered late Tuesday at Fort Bragg are animal and not human, investigators said Wednesday.

The confirmation by the Army's Criminal Investigation Command in Quantico, Va., ends speculation that the bones could have belonged to missing Fort Bragg soldier Kelli Bordeaux. 

The remains were discovered in the Eastern Training Area on Tuesday evening after investigators searched for several hours following a tip about a body on the post.

The remains were moved to an Army forensic laboratory for identification, due to their condition. Officials could not immediately say whether the bones were human.

An investigator said in an email Wednesday morning that there was no indication the bones are human. Then about 1 p.m., investigators confirmed the remains were animal.

The discovery had sparked concerns about Fort Bragg soldier Kelli Bordeaux, who has been missing since April 14.

Fayetteville police, who are investigating the Bordeaux case, said early Wednesday they were aware of the remains and were waiting to see whether the bones would hold any clues to her disappearance.

Olivia Cox, Bordeaux's sister who lives in Georgia, had spoken with police overnight and was also waiting early Wednesday for definitive information. She said she continues to hold out hope that her sister will be found.

"It's hard to keep moving forward with no news," she said. "But we'll always hope. We'll have hope for as long as it takes to bring Kelli home."

Cox said she felt a moment of relief when she first heard about the discovery.

"For a moment, you think at least the agony and the not knowing will come to an end," she said. "I want Kelli. I don't want remains. I want her to come back, laughing and carrying on and being the Kellie we all loved and miss."

Investigators have not named any suspects in Bordeaux's case but have said they believe she left the Froggy Bottoms bar on Ramsey Street 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 but was recently 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."

Police have set up a special hotline – 910-433-1114 – for tips in the case, and an $8,000 reward is being offered for information leading to her discovery.

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  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Nov 21, 4:48 p.m.

    Glad to know it was not human.

  • Six String Nov 21, 4:21 p.m.

    "Bigfoot bones?" TBKR

    LOL, finally, the proof we've all been waiting for! Wonder if they can get a shoe size?

  • workinghuman33 Nov 21, 2:37 p.m.

    he bones are scattered. Animals gnaw on the bones, distorting them, the elements deteriorate them. No medical examiner in their right mind would make any sort - piene2"

    Good point...hadn't thought about the gnaw factor. I had thought of scattered and skeletal, but not gnawing & elemental deterioration. That makes sense.

  • airbornemonty Nov 21, 2:14 p.m.

    It has always been my contention that Kelli's body was discarted somewhere along I-95 although it can never be proven since her body probably became a meal for an alligator or some animal.

    My commentt may have some readers that disaprove of it but the question still stands, "What happened to Kelli"?

  • piene2 Nov 21, 2:13 p.m.

    "not sure what takes them so long to figure out if they are human are not, anyone that knows the human body should know what a human bone looks like

    mfarmer1"

    Dead bodies rot away to skeletons. The bones are scattered. Animals gnaw on the bones, distorting them, the elements deteriorate them. No medical examiner in their right mind would make any sort of determination without testing. However anyone who is enough of an expert as to be able to identify bones by just looking at them should offer their services to the forensics community.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again01 Nov 21, 2:08 p.m.

    Bigfoot bones?

  • OneLove Nov 21, 1:26 p.m.

    WHAT kind of animal was THAT? that's scary stuff there.

  • workinghuman33 Nov 21, 1:16 p.m.

    This IS truly bizarre...unless it's just a fibula or some phalanges or something really small I can't understand why this would be reported at all if they are not human. Perhaps an extra-terrestrial? Kidding....

  • johnsmithfamily Nov 21, 12:52 p.m.

    That was what I did not understand. I would think that the coroner, who I am sure they called out would have been able to tell if the remains were not human due to look, size etc....I do hope though that it is not human, because the news of that to anyone's family would be horrible, especially at this time of year.

  • mfarmer1 Nov 21, 12:36 p.m.

    not sure what takes them so long to figure out if they are human are not, anyone that knows the human body should know what a human bone looks like

    they don't look like deer bones, and to my knowledge we don't have an abundance of monkeys or apes roaming the woods around here.