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Mother of missing Bragg soldier holding on to hope

Posted May 4, 2012

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— The mother of a Fort Bragg soldier who has been missing for nearly three weeks said Friday that the family is holding out hope that she will be found, despite the fact that police have no new leads in her disappearance.

"Until (police) tell me any different, I'm going to keep thinking that she's here, and she's being held and she just cannot get away from whoever has her," said Johnna Henson of her daughter, Pfc. Kelli Bordeaux. "I know Kelli will fight, and Kelli will try any way possible to get back to her family." Kelli Bordeaux Images of Kelli Bordeaux

The 23-year-old from St. Cloud, Fla., was last seen as she left a Ramsey Street bar called Froggy Bottoms, around 1:20 a.m. April 14. Fort Bragg officials reported her missing when she didn't show up for work on April 16.

Since then, hundreds of law enforcement personnel and volunteers have scoured the area around Bordeaux's home, and the bar. The searches have turned up few clues, according to investigators, but Bordeaux's family is still holding out hope that she will be found safe.

"I can't even say thank you enough to [the people who] take time out of their life to help find my daughter," Henson said.

Although Henson said she hasn't given up hope that her daughter will be found safe, she admitted it's been tough to hold herself together since Bordeaux's disappearance.

"I break down a few times a day, probably more than once or twice," she said.

Henson called her daughter "a fun girl to be around," saying Bordeaux's smile and laugh are contagious.

Johnna Henson Missing soldier's mother: 'She will fight'

"She is a very smart young woman, a very driven young woman determined to make something of her life," Henson said. "And she knew how she was going to do that."

Police have said up a special hotline – 910-433-1114 – for tips in the case, and they want to speak to anyone who was in the Ramsey Street area before midnight on April 13 – even if they think they don't have any information that could help.

Last week, investigators also released a photo of Bordeaux taken the night she went missing. In the photo, she is wearing a pink tube top and black shorts. Unseen is a pair of flip flops described as being "bedazzled."

Meanwhile, Virginia-based security firm Black Ops Security Services & Consulting Inc. is offering an $8,000 reward for information leading to Bordeaux's discovery.

The company's owner, Sparky Edwards, is a former Fort Bragg soldier who said he feels a deep connection to the community and to is fellow soldier that he felt compelled to put up his own money in an effort to help bring her home.

Henson, who recently returned home to Tennessee after coming to Fayetteville to join in the search for her daughter, said the last three weeks have been the toughest of her life.

"Leaving Fayetteville, it kept running through my head, and tears just kept rolling down my face when I was driving home," she said. "I couldn't imagine that I was leaving North Carolina not knowing where my daughter was."

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  • xchief661 May 4, 2012

    Praying for her safe return and for her family who are missing her.

  • haglersnc May 4, 2012

    She could be anywhere between Ft. Bragg and Florida. She was seperated from her husband and her "boyfriend" is also from Florida.

  • jjordan231179 May 4, 2012

    See I went to help look for her not sit by my bed praying. Which is more productive and what have you done to help?

  • jjordan231179 May 4, 2012

    "Should I pray to the same entity that looked over her going missing?"

    I realize it's a rule of the internet that no mention of prayer anywhere in the comments section of a report on any tragedy can exist without this kind of trolling, but seriously? We get it, you're a rebel. It is not necessary to constantly take every kind comment that some well meaning person is trying to make about a sad situation and turn it into some kind of "look at me" troll-a-thon.
    bluecanary
    May 4, 2012 2:10 p.m.

    Troll? Does your religion teach you to call names? Its a serious question. Who do I pray to? The same entity that looked over her going missing? That makes no sense.

  • bluecanary May 4, 2012

    "Should I pray to the same entity that looked over her going missing?"

    I realize it's a rule of the internet that no mention of prayer anywhere in the comments section of a report on any tragedy can exist without this kind of trolling, but seriously? We get it, you're a rebel. It is not necessary to constantly take every kind comment that some well meaning person is trying to make about a sad situation and turn it into some kind of "look at me" troll-a-thon.

  • sweetydmh May 4, 2012

    They might be looking in the wrong state. She could be anywhere from here to Florida. The husband trying to force himself to cry on TV and saying they weren't having marital problems just didn't strike me as being genuine, her unit claims they were separated at the time. Just strikes me as strange and not believable.

  • jjordan231179 May 4, 2012

    Just pray for this family that they will find her, regardless.
    charmcclainlovesdogs2
    May 4, 2012 12:23 p.m.
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    Should I pray to the same entity that looked over her going missing?

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 May 4, 2012

    Just pray for this family that they will find her, regardless.

  • bluecanary May 4, 2012

    "Does people take pictures detailing what they are wearing out at night on a regular bases?"

    Yes. Young women quite often take pictures of their outfits to post on Facebook. Some do it every single day. There is nothing sinister about it at all and it's not unusual.

  • bluecanary May 4, 2012

    I've been hoping that the poor girl is in some motel somewhere, watching the news, worrying how she's ever going to explain this. However, from what those who actually know her have to say about her character, it does not seem likely. Probably not the type to put her mother through something like this without calling. Still hoping she's found safe, soon. As for FPD...they aren't going to tell anybody anything. I'm just hoping that this does not become another Fayetteville crime that gets swept under the rug and forgotten.

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