RALEIGH, N.C. -- Kelli Bordeaux took a break from life as a soldier at North Carolina's Fort Bragg to do what many 20-somethings do on a Friday night: Maybe have a few drinks, play pool and belt out some songs at a local karaoke night.
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Fayetteville police on Thursday released a photo of a missing Fort Bragg soldier taken the night she was last seen nearly two weeks ago.
Images: Kelli Bordeaux
Jeff Locklear, a police detective heading the search for Pfc. Kelli Bordeaux, said at a news conference Thursday that Bordeaux took the photo of herself with her iPhone 4S before going out the night of April 13.
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 — 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.
RALEIGH, N.C. — A Fort Bragg soldier whose body was recovered in May – more than two years after she disappeared – died from blunt force injuries to the head, according to an autopsy released Friday.
The official finding from the North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Raleigh is consistent with a search warrant indicating that Pfc. Kelli Bordeaux's alleged killer hit her multiple times in the face before burying her in a shallow grave in a deeply wooded area of Cumberland County.
Bordeaux, 23, was reported missing April 16, 2012, two days after she was last seen leaving a Fayetteville bar called Froggy Bottoms. Investigators recovered her remains May 14 near the Interstate 295 corridor – about 4 miles from the bar, which has since closed.
Nicholas Michael Holbert was arrested and jailed on first-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping charges.
Fayetteville police have remained quiet about their investigation, but search warrants say Bordeaux and Holbert had been together at the bar for several hours. They reportedly got into a fight in the parking lot, and he knocked her unconscious, drove her to where he lived behind the bar and hit her several more times in the head.
Detectives think Bordeaux was dead when Holbert allegedly dumped her body in the woods, Fayetteville Police Chief Harold Medlock has said.
Holbert, 27, had been interviewed by police on several occasions, and Medlock said he "shared vital information" and was at the scene with detectives when they found Bordeaux's remains.
Medlock, however, has not said whether Holbert confessed to the crime, only that police were able to close their case "with the help of a citizen."
Bordeaux's case attracted nationwide attention for months and drew volunteers from across the country to Fayetteville to help investigators and the military search for her.
Originally from St. Cloud, Fla., Bordeaux was a combat medic at Fort Bragg.