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article imageMissing Fort Bragg soldier likely in danger, dive team deployed

By Yukio Strachan     Apr 19, 2012 in Crime
A 23-year-old Fort Bragg female soldier, who was last seen leaving a bar late Saturday night with a registered sex offender, may be in danger, investigators report.
"There is some information we've gathered that makes us concerned for her safety," said Fayetteville Police spokesperson Gavin MacRoberts to ABC News.
A lead in the case of Fort Bragg soldier Pfc. Kelli Bordeaux, 23 led to the Wednesday deployment of a dive team in nearby Eastover, MacRoberts told CNN.
WTVD reported that crews were searching a pond Wednesday located several miles away from Froggy Bottoms, the bar Bordeaux was last seen leaving..
Police said they were dragging the pond for evidence after a tip led them there. The spokesman refused to go into detail as the investigation is ongoing.
Crews searched the pond for several hours Wednesday, but Bergamine said Wednesday night that the search turned up with nothing. The search will resume there Thursday morning.
Registered sex offender drove Bordeaux home
Bordeaux, who is 5 feet tall and weighs 99 pounds, with blonde hair and brown eyes, was last seen wearing black shorts and a pink halter top leaving the Froggy Bottoms bar in Fayetteville, North Carolina Saturday morning at 1:20 AM with a bar worker, 25-year-old Nicholas Holbert, a registered sex offender.
ABC11 spoke exclusively with Holbert Wednesday. Holbert told ABC11 he had nothing to do with Bordeaux's disappearance. He believes he's been targeted because of his criminal record. He was convicted as a 16-year-old of indecent liberties with a 5-year-old child.
Holbert was at the bar with Bordeaux and later drove her home, but on the way there, she said something he found strange.
Estranged from husband
"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 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 or what," said Holbert.
Bordeaux has been married for two years but is estranged from her husband, Mike, an official said.
But Mike Bordeaux, a civilian, told NBC-17, a local station, that their marriage was “happy” and they were not estranged.
"I would never lay a hand on her," he told NBC-17 during an off-camera talk.
He says he talked with Kelli at 3 p.m. Friday but she did not say she was going out and she acted as if everything was fine.
When Bordeaux didn’t turn up to her post at Fort Bragg on Monday, Army officials reported her missing, MSNBC News reported.
Bordeaux's older sister, Olivia Cox, said Tuesday that Bordeaux wouldn't miss work.
“Being a soldier to Kelli is something she wouldn’t jeopardize for anything. Missing work is something that is not in character for Kelli,” her sister, Olivia Cox, told reporters.
At some point, an Army official said, Bordeaux sent two text messages. One said, "got home safely." The official did not know who the text was sent to or the contents of the second text message.
I can't deal with losing my child
Despite the text messages, her mother, Johnna Henson, said she doesn't think her daughter ever made it home from the bar, according to CNN.
“Supposedly when the guy that was giving her a ride home, was taking her to her apartment, he got to her apartment and something spooked her so … she said, 'No, no, no just let me out here,' instead of taking her like around the corner to her apartment,” her mother, Johnna Henson, told “I don’t understand that.”
A health service specialist, Bordeaux joined the military in April 2011 and arrived at her Fort Bragg unit in November. She is assigned to the 601st Area Support Medical Company, 261st Multifunctional Medical Battalion, 44th Medical Brigade.
Bordeaux is from St. Cloud, Florida, and lives off base, according to Jackie Thomas, Fort Bragg spokeswoman, according to CNN.
Police asks anyone with information to contact Fayetteville police at (910) 433-1856 or CrimeStoppers at (910) 483-TIPS (8477).
"I can't function not knowing where she is. How can someone hurt her?" Bordeaux's mom told ABC News. "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 anymore loss."
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