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Divers to search pond for missing Fort Bragg soldier

More than 100 police officers and soldiers searched the woods near Fort Bragg Wednesday, looking for clues in the disappearance of Army private Kelli Bordeaux. NBC's Mike Viqueira reports.

Divers planned to return to a Fayetteville, N.C., pond on Thursday in an attempt to find clues in the disappearance of a 23-year-old Army soldier.

Authorities say Pfc. Kelli Bordeaux -- from St. Cloud, Fla., but stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina -- was last seen leaving a bar with a tavern employee early Saturday. She was reported missing Monday when she did not report for duty.

On Wednesday, Fayetteville police and military authorities searched along Ramsey Street between Interstate 295 and the bar, Froggy Bottoms, which Bordeaux left around 1:20 a.m. Saturday.

A police helicopter crew circled above the area while about 50 officers and 65 soldiers searched thick woods, according to WESH-TV, an NBC News affiliate in Raleigh, N.C.


Detectives were able to track down the last few people known to have been with Bordeaux; one of them is a convicted sex offender, according to Fayetteville Police Chief Tom Bergamine. "Anybody that had last seen her on the early morning of Saturday is someone we want to talk to," Bergamine told CNN.

Bordeaux, assigned as a health service specialist with the 601st Area Support Medical Company, 261st Multifunctional Medical Battalion, 44th Medical Brigade, joined the military one year ago, WESH-TV reported.

'I just want my sister'
Family and friends made their way to North Carolina this week.

"I drove up here from Fort Stewart when I found out," Bordeaux's sister, Olivia Cox, told WESH-TV. "My best friend and I drove up here and went to the police station, and we've just been doing everything we can. I just want my sister, Kelli Bordeaux, brought back safe and sound. I just want my sister."

According to Bordeaux’s Facebook page, she has been married for two years to her husband, Michael Bordeaux, and she studied dental hygiene at Valencia Community College.

A friend told WESH-TV that Bordeaux's husband recently moved back to Florida from Fayetteville. A U.S. Army official said the couple had been separated. Officers said the husband was cooperating with investigators, according to WESH-TV.

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