Pond searched as woman soldier from Ft. Bragg still missing

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Pfc. Kelli Marie Bordeaux (Fayetteville PD), Pond Search (WTVD)

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Dive teams searched a pond Wednesday as the search for a missing Fort Bragg soldier continues.

Pfc. Kelli Marie Bordeaux, 23, was last seen leaving a bar called Froggy Bottoms around 1:20 a.m. Saturday. Fayetteville Police Chief Tom Bergamine called Bordeaux’s disappearance suspicious in a news conference earlier Wednesday.

WTVD reported the pond that crews were searching Wednesday was located several miles away from Froggy Bottoms.

Police didn’t say much about the search except that they were dragging the pond for evidence and that a tip led them to the pond. Police didn’t go into details on what evidence they were searching for.

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.

Meanwhile, police spent Wednesday searching an area near the bar, as that was the last place Bordeau’s mobile phone pinged a cell phone tower.

Police identified Nicholas Holbert, 25, as a person of interest, WTVD reported. He has not been charged.

Holbert exclusively told WTVD that he was at the bar with Bordeaux and later drove her home. However, Holbert said he had nothing to do with her disappearance.

Kelli Bordeaux’s husband, Mike Bordeaux, was not at the bar with her the night of her disappearance. Police said he has been cooperating with detectives.

Bordeaux, a native of St. Cloud, Fla., joined the military in July 2011 and was assigned to the 44th Medical Brigade in November. She is a health service specialist.

Bordeaux is described as being 5’1″ tall and weighing about 100 lbs. She was last seen wearing a pink tube top with spaghetti straps and black shorts.

Police set up a special hotline for anyone with information on this specific case or her whereabouts. The number is (910) 433-1114.