FAYETTEVILLE — An autopsy released Friday revealed Fort Bragg soldier Kelli Bordeaux died from blunt force trauma to her head, according to WTVD.
After a two-year investigation, Fayetteville police found PFC. Bordeaux’s remains in a shallow grave this past May in a wooded area one mile north of I-295 on River Road.
Bordeaux was located with the assistance of the man accused of killing her.
Nicholas Holbert, 27, told WTVD that he met Bordeaux at Froggy Bottoms on April 14, 2012 and drove her home that night, but he denied having anything to do with her disappearance.
The spot Holbert claimed he dropped off Bordeaux is about a quarter-mile from her apartment. Bordeaux’s remains were found less than a 10-minute drive away from the bar where she was last seen alive.
According to the autopsy report, she was struck multiple times in the face before being buried.
Holbert is charged with first degree murder. He’s a registered sex offender who was convicted as a 16-year-old of indecent liberties with a 5-year-old child.
He’s been in and out of jail over the past two years.