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Army declares missing soldier Kelli Bordeaux dead

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Pfc. Kelli Bordeaux

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Army has officially declared missing soldier Kelli Bordeaux dead, meaning her family can draw her benefits.

The change in status does not presume she is dead, but rather allows transfer of benefits to her family, according to The Patch.

The 23-year-old disappeared the night of April 13, 2012. Authorities said she was last seen leaving a north Fayetteville nightclub with an acquaintance.

The acquaintance told authorities he gave Bordeaux a ride home to her apartment on Water Trail Drive from the bar Froggy Bottoms. Police said two text messages were sent from Bordeaux’s phone after she left the bar, including one that said she had arrived home. Investigators said they do not believe she sent that text message.

She was officially reported missing to police when she didn’t show up for work the following Monday.

Last month, the Army’s criminal investigation command announced a $25,000 reward for information leading to Bordeaux’s whereabouts.

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