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Volunteers asked to join search for missing Fort Bragg soldier

Posted April 24, 2012 11:46 a.m. EDT
Updated April 24, 2012 7:18 p.m. EDT

— Fayetteville police have invited the public to join a search in north Fayetteville Thursday for a missing Fort Bragg soldier.

Pfc. Kelli Bordeaux, 23, a combat medic with the 44th Medical Brigade, was last seen early April 14 at the Froggy Bottoms bar on Ramsey Street. Fort Bragg officials reported her missing two days later when she didn't show up for work.

Bordeaux's husband of two years, Mike Bordeaux, said Tuesday that he's "praying that she'll come home. I'm waiting for her."

Search volunteers should arrive between 9 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. Thursday at the parking lot of the Cape Fear Valley Health System's Health Pavilion North at Ramsey Street and Andrews Road. Volunteers will need to show valid photo ID and sign in and out.

Search teams will head out to various locations in north Fayetteville, starting at 10 a.m. Police advised north Fayetteville residents that searchers could come onto private property.

Volunteers should take several preparations:

  • Wear comfortable clothing, hat and shoes. Volunteers might have to walk through dense underbrush.
  • Water will be provided, but it is suggested to bring a bag-lunch and a backpack to carry supplies.
  • Bring insect repellent, sunscreen and rain gear in case of inclement weather.
  • A walking stick is helpful and useful in case of snakes.

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.

Police said they are treating Bordeaux's disappearance as an active missing person's case but have "grave concerns" about her well-being. Anyone with information about Bordeaux can call a hotline at 910-433-1114.