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Human remains found in Hoke woods

Posted March 12, 2014

— Fort Bragg soldiers participating in a training exercise Tuesday evening discovered human remains in southern Hoke County, authorities said.

The soldiers and Hoke County deputies were taking part in a joint training mission – part of the Robin Sage field exercise – when they came across the remains in a wooded area off the 600 block of North Hilltop Road, near Wagram, Sheriff Hubert Peterkin said.

The remains were scattered throughout a densely covered area that has no roads, Peterkin said, and they appeared to have been in the area for a while.

"It's absolutely human remains," Cap. John Kivett of the Hoke County Sheriff's Office said. "We have found just about a whole skeletal remain, so we know it's not an animal."

Deputies spent much of Wednesday searching the area for evidence in what they called a death investigation, and pathologists and experts from the North Carolina State Medical Examiner’s Office joined in the effort.

The remains were taken back to the medical examiner's office in Raleigh, where authorities said they hope forensic teams can use dental records to help identify the person and that an examination can determine a cause of death.

The find has sparked the interest of investigators in nearby Cumberland County, where three missing persons case remain open. One of those is Kelli Bordeaux, a Fort Bragg soldier who disappeared in April 2012 after visiting a Fayetteville bar.


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  • Janene DiPierro Mar 13, 2014
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    Prayers for the families, but now they will have closure. I truly wish they would find all of the missing so the families can morn

  • btneast Mar 13, 2014

    [b40 miles is NOT far unless you're walking. ][/b]
    In that neck of the woods, it is far. Froggy Bottom is on the north side of Fayetteville, almost at I 95, this spot is 30 miles south of Fayetteville. All of those 30 miles rural and wooded. That's an awful long way to drive with a dead body to get rid of.

  • Bobby Medlin Mar 13, 2014
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    What are the other two missing person cases?

  • Forthe Newssite Mar 13, 2014
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    40 miles is NOT far unless you're walking.
    Hopefully they will be able to ID the body soon and give some family some type of closure. Not knowing is difficult.

  • btneast Mar 13, 2014

    [bNot too far from the Froggy Bottoms bar.][/b]Guess it depends on your definition of far. Its about 40 miles away.

  • appgrad88 Mar 12, 2014

    It is about hour away from where the bar was located.

  • James Campbell Mar 12, 2014
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    Same thing i was thinking rescuefan

  • Obamacare rises again Mar 12, 2014

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    Not too far from the Froggy Bottoms bar.

  • Dave Audette Mar 12, 2014
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    Also the first thought that came to my mind.

  • ziva Mar 12, 2014

    Oh No....well, it is bad no matter who it is.