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Remains thought to be missing soldier found in NC

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - The remains of a Fort Bragg soldier who disappeared more than two years ago may have been found and a suspect has been arrested in her death, police in North Carolina said Wednesday.

Detectives went Wednesday to an area near the Interstate 295 corridor on the northern side of Fayetteville after receiving information, city police spokesman Lt. Todd Joyce said. The search turned up remains believed to be those of Pfc. Kelli Bordeaux.

Authorities said Bordeaux left her apartment on April 13, 2012, and headed to a nearby bar.

The remains will be sent to the chief medical examiner's office to confirm the identity.

Joyce said 27-year-old Nicholas Michael Holbert has been arrested and will be charged with first-degree murder and may face additional charges.

Fayetteville Police Chief Harold Medlock said at a news conference that Holbert had been a person of interest in the case since Bordeaux disappeared.

Bordeaux was 23 when she was last seen on the early morning of April 14, 2012, at Froggy Bottoms bar in Fayetteville, where she had gone to sing karaoke. At the time, police believed she left the bar with a man she met there the week before, a person identified as a registered sex offender. She was reported missing two days later when she didn't report to work.

The man, who Joyce identified as Holbert, said he dropped off Bordeaux at the entrance to the apartment complex where she lived with her husband, who was in Florida visiting family that weekend.

Holbert was jailed because he did not live at the address he gave authorities, as a registered sex offender is required to do, but he said at the time he had nothing to do with her disappearance.

According to The Fayetteville Observer, police learned two text messages were sent from Bordeaux's phone after she left the bar, including one that said she had arrived home. Police said early in the investigation that they didn't believe Bordeaux sent that one.

Volunteers gathered repeatedly in the weeks and months following Bordeaux's disappearance to conduct searches. Fort Bragg and Fayetteville officials had offered a $25,000 reward for information regarding her whereabouts.

It was nearly a year ago this month that the U.S. Army declared Bordeaux dead. That move allowed her family to receive military death benefits.

Family to Missing Soldier: Can't Wait to See You

Bordeaux, a Florida native, was assigned to the 601st Area Support Medical Company, 44th Medical Brigade and served as a combat medic.

"She and her family have remained close in our hearts since Kelli last stood in our formation in April 2012," said Lt. Col. Heather A. Kness, commander of the 261st Multifunctional Medical Battalion in which Bordeaux's served. "We honor her memory and will always remember her vibrant spirit, her love of life and her loyal and dedicated service to our Army and nation as a combat medic."

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joycejq May 14 2014 at 10:07 PM

Can you imagine the pain her husband carries? Learning that his wife left a bar with another man, bad. Then, added to that, the man kills her. I feel for the husband for the double hit of hurt he suffered. I know, he is alive, but he is also a victim twice over.

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Bill May 15 2014 at 12:22 AM

It's long overdue that we deal with sex offenders and sentences in manner which is better protective of society.

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Elizabeth Bill May 15 2014 at 6:32 AM

One can be listed as a sex offender merely for being drunk and peeing in public. Unless some common sense is dredged up from somewhere, this could be as bad as schools suspending people for pointing a finger at another person.

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davidrchef May 15 2014 at 12:17 AM

I had a feeling when she went missing that this guy was the last one to see her,and i think he took what he wanted it's a damm shame she had to die in the proses he said he diden't do it i can garantee you give me 24 hours with him and i would peel him like a grape he will tell me what he did every day of his life what happens now he goes on triel in a couple of years,and gets a little jail time after a day with me he would pray to die

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El Presidente davidrchef May 15 2014 at 12:31 AM

After a day with you he sure wouldn't learn how to spell.

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Karen El Presidente May 15 2014 at 12:42 AM

Always a jerk with the inane comments.

THIS is about a murdering piece of crap that needs to be staked out over an ant hill after being doused in syrup.

Get over yourself.

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El Presidente El Presidente May 15 2014 at 12:50 AM

Cases like this always bring out the torture freaks, like little Karen here.

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Susan May 15 2014 at 12:13 AM

No one has the right to kill this lovely young woman. She was serving our country!

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Lettybits May 15 2014 at 12:03 AM

About time!

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rdhendrick25 May 14 2014 at 11:58 PM

If she was cheating on her husband, she knew what she was getting into and was kinda asking for it. If not, it's a horrible loss.

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Carol May 14 2014 at 11:55 PM

Prayers to her husband and family members...This is so sad and tragic especially to know that this criminal is walking the streets and his address was not known until he was caught!

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orion15stars May 14 2014 at 11:31 PM

From another media source:


"Nicholas Michael Holbert, 27, a man who has been interviewed numerous times by investigators, has been taken into custody and was charged with first degree murder and first degree kidnapping. He remained at the Cumberland County jail Wednesday night with no bond."

Please do note the word kidnapping as an additional charge.

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Bill orion15stars May 15 2014 at 12:20 AM

He used false pretenses offering a ride home.

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moonglowbelair May 14 2014 at 11:22 PM

I am glad to hear there has been an arrest. My daughter and her family live in the neighborhood near her apartment. For this reason, she picks my grandson up rather than let him be dropped off where his bus stopped. Such a pity there are so many evil people in the world. Rest in peace.

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saultydog42 May 15 2014 at 12:23 AM

This is the results of being a bar hopper, stay away from bars and places where trouble lies and you will be a real winner as the results

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