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Saturday
May122012

Kelli Bordeaux: Missing Soldier's Husband Thanks Community at 'Vigil of Hope'

Courtesy Fayetteville Police Department(NEW YORK) -- The husband of missing soldier Kelli Bordeaux thanked the community at a "vigil of hope" held Friday night near the bar where the 23-year-old was last seen.

"I appreciate everything everyone is trying to do to find her," Mike Bordeaux told ABC News affiliate WTVD. "I just want her home and I want her safe. That's all I want."

The missing soldier, who is from St. Cloud, Fla., has been married to her husband, Mike Bordeaux, who is a civilian, for nearly two years.

He was in Florida at the time of his wife's disappearance visiting his father, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

Pfc. Bordeaux, who is a combat medic stationed at Fort Bragg was last seen leaving Froggy Bottoms bar in Fayetteville around 1:20 a.m. on April 14.

Nicholas Holbert, a 25-year-old bar hand who is a registered sex offender, was questioned by police but is not a person of interest.

Holbert said he gave Bordeaux a ride home from the bar, but denied having anything to do with her disappearance and said he dropped her off at the entrance of her neighborhood at her request.

"As soon as you drive into the entrance to Meadowbrook, she said, 'Stop right here,'" Holbert said. "So I stopped and she said, 'I'll walk home.' I said, 'Are you sure?' She said, 'Yeah.' I said I figured she didn't want me to know where she lived, or somebody was there and she didn't want to be seen together," he told WTVD.

Authorities and dozens of volunteers have searched the area near the bar, including a pond, however no new leads were discovered.

Detectives issued a public plea for anyone who was at the bar that night to call a hotline that was set up to collect leads.

Bordeaux joined the military in April 2011, according to a Fort Bragg spokesperson.

She was assigned to the 601st Area Support Medical Company, 261st Multifunctional Medical Battalion, 44th Medical Brigade, as a health service specialist. She joined the unit last November.

Bordeaux is 5-foot-1 and weighs 102 pounds. She was last seen wearing a pink tube top with spaghetti straps and black shorts. Anyone with information is asked to contact Fayetteville Police.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
Apr272012

Missing Soldier: Police Release Photo Taken Night of Disappearance

Fayetteville Police Department(FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.) -- Investigators searching for Kelli Bordeaux have released a new photo of the missing Fort Bragg soldier, which was taken by Bordeaux herself using her iPhone just before heading out to the Fayetteville, N.C., bar the night she disappeared.

Bordeaux, 23, who has been missing for nearly two weeks, was last seen leaving Froggy Bottoms bar in Fayetteville around 1:20 a.m. on April 14.  The marine was reported missing on Monday when she failed to report to duty.  Police won't say how they got the cellphone picture.

Her husband Michael Bordeaux is now speaking about his wife for the first time, confirming that she was committed to her job and their marriage, which he says was not on the rocks.

"She was a dedicated soldier, a dedicated wife.  Me and her loved each other very much," Michael Bordeaux said.

While Michael Bordeaux says that the couple was not having marital problems, he admits he last saw his wife on April 3 -- 10 days before she went missing.  Contrary to reports he had moved out, he denies they were estranged, saying he was just visiting his father in Florida.

"We were married.  We weren't getting a divorce," he says.  "We were together.  We love each other a lot."

Nicholas Holbert, 25, says he was with Bordeaux at the bar on April 13, and dropped her off on a street near her apartment.  He says when he asked her if she was married she said "it's complicated."

Holbert surrendered after it was revealed he failed to register as a sex offender at his new address.  Although he has been questioned twice, investigators said Holbert is not a person of interest.  He maintained he had nothing to do with her disappearance.

Police on Thursday renewed their search for Bordeaux, showing more than 500 volunteers the newly released photo of the marine and asking them to scour the heavily wooded area between the bar where she was last seen and the cellphone tower she last pinged early on April 14.

"All the evidence …has led us right back to this area as an area of concentration," Det. Jeff Locklear of the Fayetteville Police Department said Thursday.

Bordeaux's family and fellow soldiers are holding out hope she is still alive.

"Your family loves you, your friends love you, your battle buddies love you," Jason Bardow, the woman's uncle and a fellow soldier said. 

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Sunday
Apr222012

Kelli Bordeaux: Figure In Case Jailed On Unrelated Charges

Fayetteville Police Dept(NEW YORK) -- The man who gave missing soldier Kelli Bordeaux a ride home on the night of her disappearance turned himself in to Fayetteville police on unrelated charges Friday night.

Nicholas Holbert, 25, surrendered after it was revealed he failed to register as a sex offender at his new address. Although he has been questioned twice, police said Holbert is not a person of interest in the disappearance of Pfc. Bordeaux, 23.

The soldier,  who is stationed at Fort Bragg, was last seen leaving Froggy Bottoms bar in Fayetteville, N.C. around 1:20 a.m a week ago Saturday. She was reported missing on Monday when she failed to report to duty.

Holbert, who lives in a lean-to behind the bar where he also works, told police he gave the soldier a ride home but dropped her off at the entrance of her neighborhood at her request, he told ABC affiliate WTVD.

“As soon as you drive into the entrance to Meadowbrook, she said, ‘Stop right here,’” Holbert said. “So I stopped and she said, ‘I’ll walk home.’ I said, ‘Are you sure?’ She said, ‘Yeah.’ I said I figured she didn’t want me to know where she lived, or somebody was there and she didn’t want to be seen together.”

The missing soldier’s brother, Matt Henson, said he has been spending eight to 12 hours a day looking for his sister while police conducted their own search of woods and waterways.

“She’s going to fight and survive and that is what it is,” he said.

Henson told reporters no one should underestimate the 5-feet-tall, 100 pound blond, saying:  “There’s no doubt in my mind that we are going to find her alive.”

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Friday
Apr202012

Police Search Pond for Clues in Missing Fort Bragg Soldier Case

Fayetteville Police Dept(FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.) -- Police in Fayetteville, N.C., turned up no new leads Thursday after searching a pond for signs of the missing soldier Kelli Bordeaux.

Pfc. Bordeaux, who is stationed at Fort Bragg, was last seen leaving Froggy Bottoms bar in Fayetteville around 1:20 a.m Saturday.

Detectives issued a public plea for anyone who was at the bar that night to call a hotline that was set up to collect leads.

Nicholas Holbert, a 25-year-old bar hand who is a registered sex offender, has been questioned twice, but police said on Thursday at a news conference that he is not a person of interest in the case.

Holbert told ABC News affiliate WTVD exclusively that he gave Bordeaux, 23, a ride home from the bar, where he works, but denied having anything to do with her disappearance and said he dropped her off at the entrance of her neighborhood at her request.

"As soon as you drive into the entrance to Meadowbrook, she said, 'Stop right here,'" Holbert said.  "So I stopped and she said, 'I'll walk home.'  I said, 'Are you sure?'  She said, 'Yeah.'  I said I figured she didn't want me to know where she lived, or somebody was there and she didn't want to be seen together."

Officials on Thursday also released Bordeaux's missing persons report, which was filed by John Neighbors, who is a member of the soldier's unit at Fort Bragg.

Bordeaux joined the military in April 2011 and worked as a health service specialist.

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Wednesday
Apr182012

Missing Soldier: Person of Interest, Questioned Twice, Denies Involvement

Fayetteville Police Dept(FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.) -- A 25-year-old bar hand who is a registered sex offender has been questioned twice by police in connection with the disappearance of a missing soldier and has been called a person of interest.

Kelli Bordeaux, 23, was last seen leaving Froggy Bottoms bar in Fayetteville, N.C., around 1:20 a.m Saturday.

Nicholas Holbert, 25, told ABC News 11 exclusively that he gave the soldier a ride home from the bar, where he works, but denied having anything to do with her disappearance and said he dropped her off at the entrance of her neighborhood at her request.

"As soon as you drive into the entrance to Meadowbrook, she said stop right here," Holbert said. "So I stopped and she said, 'I'll walk home.' I said, 'Are you sure?' She said, 'Yeah.' I said I figured she didn't want me to know where she lived, or somebody was there and she didn't want to be seen together."

The bar hand, who lives in a lean-to behind Froggy Bottoms, was questioned for a second time Wednesday by Fayetteville Police. He said he believed he was being targeted because he has a criminal record.

Holbert is a registered sex offender and was convicted as a 16-year-old of indecent liberties with a 5-year-old child, ABC 11 reported.

The search for the Fort Bragg soldier, who was reported missing by base officials on Monday, focused Wednesday on an area where her phone was last detected, officials said.

The last ping from Bordeaux's cellphone came late Friday or early Saturday off a tower off the Ramsey Street corridor, the area police plan to scour for clues, Fayetteville Police Chief Tom Bergamine said.

Bordeaux's family said she took her job seriously and would never miss work.

"Being a soldier, to Kelly, isn't something she'd jeopardize for anything," said Bordeaux's older sister, Olivia Cox. "Missing work isn't something that's in character for Kelli. This is an out-of-character thing to happen to my sister."

Fayetteville Police spokesman Gavin MacRoberts said there is reason to believe the soldier is in danger.

"There is some information we've gathered that makes us concerned for her safety," he said, declining to go into more detail, citing the ongoing investigation.

The missing soldier, who is from St. Cloud, Fla., has been married to her husband, Mike Bordeaux, who is a civilian, for nearly two years. He was in Florida at the time of his wife's disappearance visiting his father, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

Kelli Bordeaux's mother, Johnna Henson, told ABC News she was having difficulty coping with her daughter's suspicious disappearance.

"I can't function not knowing where she is. How can someone hurt her?" Henson asked. "I lost my mother and my husband within a three-months span. I can't deal with losing my child. I can't deal with any more loss."

Henson plans to join her daughter, Cox, at Fort Bragg to assist in the search for Bordeaux.

"She joined the military to make her family proud," Cox said.

Cox described her sister as an "amazing soldier" and a "self-motivated individual."

Bordeaux joined the military in April 2011, according to a Fort Bragg spokesperson. She was assigned to the 601st Area Support Medical Company, 261st Multifunctional Medical Battalion, 44th Medical Brigade, as a health service specialist. She joined the unit last November.

Bordeaux is 5-foot-1 and weighs 102 pounds. She was last seen wearing a pink tube top with spaghetti straps and black shorts. Anyone with information is asked to contact Fayetteville Police.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Apr182012

Search for Missing Fort Bragg Soldier Follows Phone Pings

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.) -- The search for missing Fort Bragg soldier Kelli Bordeaux will concentrate Wednesday on an area where her phone was last detected, officials said.

The last ping from Bordeaux's cell phone came late Friday or early Saturday off a tower off the Ramsey Street corridor, the area police plan to scour for clues, Fayetteville Police Chief Tom Bergamine said.

The area is near a bar called Froggy Bottoms. Bordeaux, 23, was last seen leaving the bar in Fayetteville, N.C., around 1:20 a.m Saturday. The private first class, who is stationed at nearby Fort Bragg, was reported missing on Monday by base officials, police said.

Bordeaux's family said she took her job seriously and would never miss work.

Fayetteville Police spokesperson Gavin MacRoberts said there is reason to believe the soldier is in danger.

"There is some information we've gathered that makes us concerned for her safety," he said, but declined to go into more detail due to the ongoing investigation.

The missing soldier, who is from St. Cloud, Fla., has been married to her husband, Mike Bordeaux, who is a civilian, for nearly two years. He was in Florida at the time of his wife's disappearance visiting his father, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

Bordeaux joined the military in April of last year, according to a Fort Bragg spokesperson. She was assigned to the 601st Area Support Medical Company, 261st Multifunctional Medical Battalion, 44th Medical Brigade, as a health service specialist. She joined the unit last November.

Bordeaux is 5-foot-1 and weighs 102 pounds. She was last seen wearing a pink tube top with spaghetti straps and black shorts. Anyone with information is asked to contact Fayetteville Police.

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