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Volunteers to search wooded area for missing Bragg soldier

Posted June 8, 2012 6:51 a.m. EDT
Updated June 8, 2012 6:52 a.m. EDT

— The search for a missing Fort Bragg soldier last seen nearly two months ago will continue on Saturday in Fayetteville. 

Volunteers will meet in the parking lot of the Food Lion on Andrews Road, off Ramsey Street, at 8:45 a.m. Saturday before searching through thick brush for clues in the disappearance of Pfc. Kelli Bordeaux. 

The 23-year-old Florida native was last seen April 14 at Froggy Bottoms, a bar on Ramsey Street less than a mile from the Food Lion where volunteers will meet Saturday. 

Since Bordeaux's disappearance, hundreds of volunteers have sought clues with little success in the area around her home, Froggy Bottoms bar, and a rural Cumberland County pond.

Investigators haven't speculated about what might have happened to Bordeaux, but they arrested Nicholas Holbert, a registered sex offender who said he gave Bordeaux a ride home from the bar, and Steven Cantrell, the bar's owner, on charges unrelated to her case.

Holbert, still in the Cumberland County jail, says he dropped Bordeaux off at the entrance to the apartment complex where she lived with her husband, who was in Florida visiting family that weekend. 

Police have set up a special hotline – 910-433-1114 – for tips in the case, and Virginia-based security firm Black Ops Security Services & Consulting Inc. has offered an $8,000 reward for information to Bordeaux's discovery.