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Volunteers, dogs join search for missing soldier

Posted April 21, 2012
Updated April 22, 2012

— A volunteer search-and-rescue team joined the search Saturday for a Fort Bragg soldier missing more than a week after she was last seen at a Fayetteville bar.

Pfc. Kelli Bordeaux was last seen early on April 14 leaving Froggy Bottoms on Ramsey Street in Fayetteville. Officials at Fort Bragg reported her missing to Fayetteville police two days later when she didn't show up for duty.

Since then, police have questioned those who might have seen her at the bar, and her family has made several pleas for information through the media. Both efforts continued Saturday.

Volunteers began the day at Bordeaux's apartment and searched, using cadaver dogs, many of the locations already covered by the Fayetteville Police Department.

search-and-rescue Search-and-rescue team joins search for Bordeaux

Although Police Chief Tom Bergamine said the search is at square one without any solid leads, none of the parties was ready to give up.

"We will continue until we find Kelli," said searcher Chris Sayre. "Most of us are military, prior military or military spouses. We are very driven to find one of our own."

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 they suspect the man, Nicholas Holbert, had something to do with her disappearance. 

Matt Henson said Friday that he was frustrated by the slow progress in the case but 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.

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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  • ItIsWhatItIs2 Apr 24, 2012

    "All too common in NC" ?? Instances like this are all too common everywhere. Its not an NC issue... It is issue of our world has gone to hell , people have no respect, concern or care for the well being of others and they do whatever it takes to please their own selfish needs. I pray that she has made a terrible decision on a drunken night, that she no longer wanted the life she was leading and has gone AWOL thinking that life will be better elsewhere, and is now too afraid to resurface due to what she knows she will have to face if she does resurface.. That is what I wish for her..that could be the safest outcome for her,but sad enough the way this world is now, with all the sick individuals out there, who knows. Lets just keep praying and let the autorities continue to look for her.

  • lariatgirl Apr 24, 2012

    They have searched the wooded areas behind Froggy Bottoms and a pond on Dobbin Holmes Road. HOWEVER, you have to cross bridges which lie over the Cape Fear River in order to get from point A to point B. Just a thought. Also nothing was ever said about if they found her DNA in Holbert's car.

  • orangemoonlite Apr 24, 2012

    Wonder if the authorities have noticed the similarity in Kelli's situation & that of Heather Hodges in Rocky Mount? Both 5'1", 100 lbs, blonde, blue eyes - missing without a trace from 1 week to the next. Where are their cell phones?

  • seven74215 Apr 23, 2012

    Besides using cadaver dogs (which are trained to only trail decomposed bodies), they probably need to use area search dogs in the surrounding wooded areas. You never know, if she was jumped while walking outside the bar or near her appartment, then she was probably dumped in a local wooded area. She may still be alive but hurt beyond the point of walking out on her on. A weeks passed so time is of the essence here in finding her alive, if such is the situation. I hope for the best but from listening to comments from her family members; that she always stayed in contact with them, I'm afraid she has met a terrible fate. She could have been picked up by a passerby and driven out of this state. Somebody could have spotted her being picked up but thought nothing of it at the time. From that I hope this news is reaching beyond our local areas and this state.

  • Wendellcatlover Apr 23, 2012

    Sadly, instances like this have become all too common in NC. I pray she will be found alive and well!