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Fayetteville police still following leads in missing soldier mystery

Posted June 14, 2012
Updated June 15, 2012

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— Fayetteville police said Thursday that they are still following up on a number of leads in the two-month search for a missing Fort Bragg soldier.

Pfc. Kelli Marie Bordeaux, 23, was last seen in the early hours of April 14 at a Fayetteville bar called Froggy Bottoms, where she had gone the night before to sing karaoke.

Investigators have not named any suspects in the disappearance but have said they believe she left the bar with Nicholas Holbert, a 25-year-old convicted sex offender, whom she met at the bar a week before.

Holbert, who lived in a lean-to behind the bar, has said he dropped her off at the entrance to the apartment complex where she lived with her husband, who was in Florida visiting family that weekend.

Holbert has said he had nothing to do with Bordeaux's disappearance. He was arrested, however, shortly after Bordeaux's disappearance for failing to register as a sex offender.

Bordeaux was last seen wearing a pink tube top, black shorts and a pair of flip-flops that investigators have described as being "bedazzled."

Police have set up a special hotline – 910-433-1114 – for tips in the case, and an $8,000 reward is being offered for information leading to her discovery.

Kelli Bordeaux missing poster Police still following leads in Bordeaux case

Hundreds of volunteers have searched the area around Bordeaux's home, the Ramsey Street bar where she had been and a pond in rural Cumberland County but have found no signs of her.

"One little thing could lead us, if we could just find one little thing," said Tim Kassner, who, along with his 11-year-old daughter, has assisted in the search.

Another search is planned for Saturday. Volunteers will meet at 8 a.m. in the Food Lion parking lot at 150 Andrews Road.

Froggy Bottoms closed soon after Bordeaux's disappearance, when the owner was arrested on warrants unrelated to the soldier's case.

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  • Uhavenoclu Jun 15, 2012

    No they don't they follow the trail and arrest the person they have probable cause for the crime committed. If they do not have evidence they cannot get a warrant. Espectially one that involves a murder. Not saying every person they charge did the actual crime, but they know something about it and are not being truthful with the police.

    It's called ..ASSUME..They ASSUME and DO NOT KNOW...First name that pops up we'll get...You know what Benny Hill said about when you Assume don't you?

  • didisaythat Jun 15, 2012

    "It's good the police are following all the leads to get it right unlike many other police departments who catch the first person they see 5 hours before the crime is committed."
    Uhavenoclu
    June 15, 2012 8:28 a.m

    No they don't they follow the trail and arrest the person they have probable cause for the crime committed. If they do not have evidence they cannot get a warrant. Espectially one that involves a murder. Not saying every person they charge did the actual crime, but they know something about it and are not being truthful with the police.

  • Uhavenoclu Jun 15, 2012

    It's good the police are following all the leads to get it right unlike many other police departments who catch the first person they see 5 hours before the crime is committed.

    If he says he dropped her off at her apartment complex,search there if not and knock on every door and ask...Looks like she ws having problems with hubby for even if your partner is gone you don't go out on your own and start seeing another person and asking for a ride home so soon?...She was a soldier,what does Bragg have to say?,she getting her money and if so where?,is she still active,if so what is her status?

  • Country Girlz Have MORE fun Jun 15, 2012

    As it turns out, 25 year old Nicholas Holbert, the man who drove her home is a registered sex offender. Holbert was convicted in 2003 of indecent liberties with a 5-year-old child. (SCARED MONKEYS.COM)

  • udoowutchyalike Jun 15, 2012

    Not to be insensitive to this case, but the suspect was arrested for not registering as a sex offender?? How is he going to register the address of lean to he was living in behind the bar?

  • bombayrunner Jun 14, 2012

    boogie man still out there. sad story.

  • adw2 Jun 14, 2012

    I'm praying that they are able to find Kelli alive, but after two months, it doesn't look good. I don't have a good feeling about Nicolas. I think he knows more than he's telling the police.