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Kelli Bordeaux: Missing soldier from Fort Bragg Found

UPDATE:  5/13/14 –
Investigators found Kelli Bordeaux’s body in a wooded area in Fayetteville, N.C., on Wednesday morning, Police Chief Harold Medlock told North Carolina’s WNCN. The spot is about four miles from the bar where she disappeared.  Nicolas Michael Holbert has been arrested and charged with 1st degree murder. 

UPDATE:  5/23/13 –  Brig. Gen. David K. MacEwen declared 23-year-old Spc. Kelli Bordeaux deceased as of May 20.  This allows her family to receive military death benefits.

UPDATE:  1/13/13 – A person hiking near the California Pacific Railroad approximately 2 miles east of the city of Fort Bragg discovered human remains. At this time Detectives have reason to believe the remains are of a missing person that appeared to have disappeared voluntarily within the last few months from the Fort Bragg area. The identity of the missing person is being withheld pending positive identification of the skeletal remains.

UPDATE:  11/21/12 – Remains have been found.  Please click here to read.
Tests have determined that remains discovered  at Fort Bragg are animal and not human.


April 24, 2012 9:18 AM

Steven Cantrell, the owner of Foggy Bottoms bar in Fayetteville was arrested Monday on outstanding warrants for failing to appear in court on a driving while impaired charge in 2001.

Steven Cantrell

FBI agents also had warrants for Cantrell’s arrest in Boston for failing to pay $400,000 in child support payments to three different women, sheriff’s officials said.

Nicholas Holbert, is a person of interest in her disappearance.  He was the man who told police he had given Bordeaux a ride home from the bar.  Holbert was arrested April 20 on a charge that he failed to provide his new address to authorities because he is a registered sex offender.

UPDATE: Clarification and more information came out this morning, April 19, 2012.

The bar owner – who would not give his name – said Bordeaux was at the bar Friday night with Nicholas Holbert.  Holbert is not a bar employee but lived in a tent behind the bar and came there often.

The bar owner said a tab for $28 from Friday night was attributed to Holbert and Bordeaux, although he said Holbert does not drink. The tab was $28 for four shots and four beers.

Nicholas Holbert, 25, is the name of the man that gave Kelli a ride home.

Holbert spoke to ABC News 11 and said that he gave Kelli a ride home from the bar, but said he had nothing to do with her disappearance. 

“As soon as you drive into the entrance to Meadowbrook, she said, ‘stop right here.’ So, I stopped and she said, ‘I’ll walk home.’  I said, ‘Are you sure?’  She said, ‘Yeah.’  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,” said Holbert.

Holbert believes he is being targeted because he has a criminal record.  He was convicted when he was 16, of indecent liberties with a 5-year-old child, ABC 11 News reported.

The search for Kelli has narrowed to an area where her cell phone last pinged off a tower off the Ramsey Street corridor, says Fayetteville Police Chief Tom Bergamine.

UPDATE:  Kelli’s cell phone pinged near the bar, so law enforcement is searching the woods near there.

Army Pfc. Kelli Bordeaux, 23,  was at the bar, Froggy Bottoms on Ramsey Street in Fayetteville, Saturday night.  She got a ride home with one of the employees, and just before she was to be dropped off she asked the driver to let her out before she got to her apartment.

Monday morning she did not show up for duty and she was reported missing.  

Kelli had sent two text messages that night and one said “got home safely,” but Johnna Henson, Kelli’s mother, doesn’t believe Kelli made it home.

Kelli was assigned to Fort Bragg in November and she is a health service specialists for the 601st Area Support Medical Company. 

The Fayetteville police have searched Kelli’s apartment and car.

Kelli has been married for two years to Mike Bordeaux.

Kelli is 5 feet tall, 99 pounds with blonde hair and brown eyes.  She was wearing a pink halter top with black short.

If you know of her whereabouts, please call the sheriff department at 910-433-1856.  

One thought on “Kelli Bordeaux: Missing soldier from Fort Bragg Found”

  1. This thing stinks to high heaven…and obviously there is a lot they are either not sharing or don't know. But the main question for me is how in the world does a girl about the size of my 12 year old granddaughter become a soldier?
    just sayin….

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