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Family of missing soldier holding on to hope

Posted April 20, 2012
Updated April 21, 2012

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— The brother of a Fort Bragg soldier who has been missing for a week said Friday that the family remains confident that she is alive and will be found, despite the fact that police have no good leads in her disappearance.

"There is no doubt in my mind that we are going to find her alive," said Matt Henson of his sister, Pfc. Kelli Bordeaux.

Last Friday, Bordeaux, 23, of St. Cloud, Fla., was last seen around 1:20 a.m. leaving a bar on Ramsey Street in Fayetteville called Froggy Bottoms.

Officials at Fort Bragg reported her missing to Fayetteville police on Monday, when she didn't show up for duty.

Investigators were searching the area near the bar and interviewing patrons on Friday after a two-day search of a pond about 8 miles away, which was prompted by a tip, turned up nothing.

Fayetteville Police Chief Tom Bergamine said that detectives are still treating Bordeaux's disappearance as an active missing person's case but that they have "grave concerns" about her well-being.

A man who told police that he gave Bordeaux a ride home from the bar was arrested Friday on a charge of failing to provide his new address to Cumberland County authorities because he is a registered sex offender.

Police haven't said whether the man, Nicholas Holbert, is a person of interest in her disappearance.

Members of Bordeaux's family, including her husband of two years, have been in Fayetteville for several days to aid in the search.

"Nobody's losing hope. We're still looking every day," Henson, said during a news conference Friday. Family aiding in search for missing Bragg soldier Family aiding in search for missing Bragg soldier

Henson said he was frustrated by the slow progress in the case but said he was confident that investigators were doing all they could to find his sister.

"It's so unimaginable to wake up every day and this is the reality," he said. "It's a horrible thing, but now you just hope that she's being held hostage somewhere."

Bordeaux is a combat medic with the 44th Medical Brigade, and Henson said she was happy with her life in the Army.

"Kelli, she wanted to excel in life. That was her thing. She was good at everything she did," he said.

Her two-year marriage to Mike Bordeaux also was solid, Henson said. Mike Bordeaux, who isn't in the military, was in Florida at the time of his wife's disappearance.

Henson said he last communicated with his sister on April 11, when they exchanged text messages. He urged reporters not to cast his sister in a negative light, including suggesting that she went absent without leave, saying she was "more than a story" to her family.

"You don't go AWOL from your family," he said, noting that she would have contacted their mother at some point in the past week if she had simply run away from the military.

Police have set up a hotline, at 910-433-1114, for people to provide leads in Kelli Bordeaux's disappearance to investigators.

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  • sczarnecki Apr 26, 2012

    There is to many women that vanish in NC with out a trace.

  • gideonleecole2 Apr 23, 2012

    @tar97heel...
    Guess what buttercup? When you are a registered sex offender people tend to believe the worst. I am sure you have had to deal with this since you registered, life goes on big boy. I am sure the police are doing there very best trying to find the location of this missing young lady. In the meantime, unless you have something useful to add please go back to watching Barney and friends and let the police handle this.

  • tar97heel Apr 20, 2012

    "I wonder if Holbert is being used as a scapegoat. That bar owner/worker knew Holbert was taking her home. Hmm.
    kimisufu
    April 20, 2012 5:41 p.m"

    Of course he is. This is the type of illusion of surety and safety the sex offender registry provides. The police want to keep people's fears at bay, and he's the easiest person to pin something on. And they arrest him for something completely unrelated, a "technical" crime that isn't a crime. Disgusting. Poor police work if focusing on him has distracted from finding someone who may truly be involved with her disappearance.

  • Country Girlz Have MORE fun Apr 20, 2012

    FIND KELLI !!!!!

  • kimisufu Apr 20, 2012

    I wonder if Holbert is being used as a scapegoat. That bar owner/worker knew Holbert was taking her home. Hmm.

  • shortcake53 Apr 20, 2012

    Times like this you feel so helpless. My heart goes out to this young woman and her family. I pray they get good news very soon and she is returned.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Apr 20, 2012

    Where are you really looking if you have no idea where she is really at? She could not be in Fayetteville for example.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Apr 20, 2012

    Why was this man that she left with not arrested?

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Apr 20, 2012

    If she was really alive, would she not contact her family at least? Unless someone has her in the position of being held captive and she cannot get away.

  • johnsod27330 Apr 20, 2012

    charmcclainlovesdogs2 - "I do believe someone at the bar knows who she left with and the detectives should be talking to them again and again."

    If you have been following this story they already identified who she left the bar with and have questioned him twice!

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