The family of missing Army medic PFC Kelli Bordeaux may finally have some much needed closure because police confirmed, during a news conference Wednesday, that her remains have been recovered near Fayetteville, and a suspect has been apprehended in the case.
The remains were found approximately five miles from Froggy Bottoms bar, the last place Bordeaux was seen, about one-mile north of Interstate 295 on River Road in a deeply wooded area.
According to police, Bordeaux was deceased prior to being placed in the wooded area.
Nicholas Michael Holbert, a convicted sex offender, was taken into police custody. He has been considered a person of interest in the case “since the beginning” according to police. Holbert was twice questioned in regards to Bordeaux’s disappearance, but later ruled out for undetermined reasons.
According to Holbert, he gave Bordeaux a ride home from the Froggy Bottoms bar on April 14, 2012, where she was singing karaoke and hanging out with friends. The last time Bordeaux was seen was approximately 1:40 a.m. Two days passed before she was reported missing after she failed to report to her job.
Holbert freely admitted that he gave Bordeaux a ride home that night, when he was interviewed by WTVD, however, he emphatically denied having anything to do with her disappearance.
“Around one, one-thirty, she told me ‘I’m tired. I want to go home.’ I said ‘Okay,’ so we got in the car and as soon as I pulled into Meadowbrook, she said ‘You stop right here and let me out. I’ll walk,’” Holbert told WTVD.
Holbert is now facing first-degree murder charges. Over the past 24 months, he has been in and out of jail. Holbert was forced to register as a sex offender at the age of 16 when he was convicted of indecent liberties with a 5-year-old child.
“We are deeply saddened that the discovery of the apparent remains of Army Spc. Kelli Bordeaux now concludes our final hopes of her returning safely,” said Col. Christian Karsner, Chief of Staff, Task Force Bragg.
The dedicated combat medic was appointed to the 601st Area Support Medical Company and the 44th Medical Brigade. She was last seen leaving an establishment in Fayetteville, N.C. on April 14, 2012, under suspicious circumstances.
“The entire 261st Multifunctional Medical Battalion is deeply saddened by the news that the presumed remains of SPC Kelli Bordeaux have been found,” said Lt. Col Heather A. Kness, Bordeaux’s battalion commander. “Kelli was and always will be a very special member of our battalion.”
“She and her family have remained close in our hearts since Kelli last stood in our formation in April 2012,” Kness added. “We honor her memory and will always remember her vibrant spirit, her love of life and her loyal and dedicated service to our Army and nation as a combat medic.”
Family of Missing Army Medic Kelli Bordeaux Receives Closure