Fayetteville police find Kelli Bordeaux's body, arrest suspect

From staff reportsMay 14, 2014 

— Police think they have found the body of a long-missing soldier and say they plan to charge a man with her murder.

Kelli Bordeaux, a private first class with the Army, was reported missing in April 2012 after she did not return home from a bar called Froggy Bottoms. Detectives fielded hundreds of tips in the first few days of the investigation, but Bordeaux remained missing for more than two years.

As detectives continued their investigation, volunteers, law enforcement officers and military personnel searched around the bar and northern Fayetteville.

Detectives followed their investigation to a secluded area along River Road near Interstate 295 on Wednesday. A search of the area revealed a body that detectives think is Bordeaux. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Raleigh will confirm the body’s identity.

Detectives arrested Nicholas Michael Holbert, 27, and planned to charge him Wednesday with first-degree murder in the case, according to the Fayetteville Police Department. In a written release, the department thanked volunteers and law enforcement officers who helped in the case.

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