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Hundreds turn out to help in search for missing Bragg soldier

Posted April 25, 2012
Updated April 26, 2012

— About 200 volunteers teamed up with a Fayetteville-based K-9 rescue team on Thursday to help in the search for a missing Fort Bragg soldier. 

Investigators are calling the disappearance of 23-year-old Pfc. Kelli Bordeaux an active missing persons investigation, but there are enlisting the public's help as clues to her whereabouts and well being grow scarcer. Bordeaux was last seen 12 days ago. Kelli Bordeaux Images: Kelli Bordeaux

On Thursday morning, volunteers and the TMC K-9 Search and Rescue Team began scouring the areas around Froggy Bottoms – the Ramsey Street bar where Bordeaux was last seen April 14 – and the apartment she shared with her husband about a half mile away. 

Rescue team spokeswoman Chris Sayre said her team of hounds will search a grid of about 3 to 6 miles. 

"Somebody's got to search it all," Sayre said. "We're missing that one thing that could break this case wide open. 

Previous searches conducted at the bar and Bordeaux's home turned up nothing, investigators have said. 

Matt Henson, Bordeaux's brother, said he hopes a large turnout will help uncover new leads in the nearly 2-week old investigation. 

"With the amount of bodies we'll have, we're just hoping some kind of progress is made to point us in the right direction," Henson said.

Volunteers arrived between 9 and 9:45 a.m. Thursday at the parking lot of the Cape Fear Valley Healthy System's Health Pavilion North at Ramsey Street and Andrews Road to begin helping the K-9 team with the search.

K-9 rescue team Volunteers hoping to find clues Thursday in Bragg soldier's disappearance

Since Bordeaux's disappearance, police have arrested Nicholas Holbert, a registered sex offender who said he gave Bordeaux a ride home from the bar, and Steven Cantrell, the bar owner, both on charges unrelated to her case. Police haven't said whether either man is a person of interest in the case.

Bordeaux's family, including her husband, have come to help search for her, police said. Mike Bordeaux said Tuesday that he was in Florida to buy a Chevrolet Blazer at the time his wife disappeared.

Anyone with information about Bordeaux can call a hotline at 910-433-1114.


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  • tmck9sarchris Apr 27, 2012

    The incomparable FPD was in charge of this search Thursday and EVERYDAY. The FPD has fantastic k-9 Sgt Tracy, Cpt Hunter, our wonderful Police Chief and knowledgeable detectives. TMC encourages all comments, good and bad. TMC, non-profit, TAKES ORDERS. TMC does not claim to be anything other than sinners and half a saint, God is my commander and chief. God provides opportunities for professional Certificates. I use them for toilet paper encase of emergency, ..true training takes place everyday from every person...the best trackers in the world are hunters..native Americans, GOOD LISTENERS...even you have something I can learn. TMC eagerly works, trains with a variety of professionals. I wanted to thank you for taking the time to write in your comment. If you would like to come out and train with us, we would love to have you TMC ..."Regardless of the paths the missing take, everyone deserves a chance to come home"

  • seankelly15 Apr 26, 2012

    eb2cents - "I wish she'd used better judgment that night: she'd still be alive and her loved ones wouldn't be in agony right now.

    She's dead?

  • beth24 Apr 26, 2012

    itsmyownopinion - I wondered the same thing about his use of the past tense...

  • JAT Apr 26, 2012

    stephanie - no, it's plenty odd.

  • itsmyownopinion Apr 26, 2012

    I just saw the husband speak on WRAL and understood him to say, "We loved each other very much" not "We love..." Maybe his use of the past tense means nothing. Perhaps I heard it wrong.

  • kdbarnes0521 Apr 26, 2012

    We don't know what happened that night to blame her and say she should have used better judgment. she may have, it may have been someone close to her, we don't know.

  • kdbarnes0521 Apr 26, 2012

    I am really tired of everyone saying things about the husband. The family said they did not want the investigation to go the wrong direction and WRAL is not posting anything about her husband but Fayetteville Observer is. You should look there.

  • johnsmithfamily Apr 26, 2012

    I feel so badly for this family. I can only imagine what I would do if I were in their shoes. 12 days missing is a long time when you have nothing to go on. I do wonder about her apartment and if they have done fingerprinting amongst other things? I would hope they have and just havent said anything. All we can do is pray for a good outcome!

  • atheistswillserveinhell Apr 26, 2012

    yes I was thinking the same thing wilkerson. Still, we dont know what the authorities know. They let these folks do this knowing what would happen. Maybe facts have surfaced that have turned this into a search and recovery...

  • eb2cents Apr 26, 2012

    I agree with you JAT. In this day and age, women do need to be more responsible when going out at night. The “Buddy System” is the only (somewhat) safe way to party these days. It's a shame that it's necessary; but obviously, it is. I wish she'd used better judgment that night: she'd still be alive and her loved ones wouldn't be in agony right now. And NO, I don't blame her; but good, common sense has to be used in these horribly violent times.