Authorities search for missing St. Cloud soldier near bar

Officials say Army Pfc. Kelli Bordeaux last seen Saturday in N.C.

Kelli Bordeaux
Kelli Bordeaux

ST. CLOUD, Fla. – The search continues for a central Florida soldier who vanished in North Carolina over the weekend.

According to police, Army Pfc. Kelli Bordeaux, 23, of St. Cloud, was last seen leaving a Fayetteville, N.C., bar called "Froggy Bottoms" on Saturday at 1:20 a.m. The bar is located near Fort Bragg, where Bordeaux is stationed.

Police at a news conference Wednesday said pings from Bordeaux's cellphone confirms she was at the bar, according to Fayetteville police. There are reports that Bordeaux sent a text message after she got home saying she made it safely, but police wouldn't comment on that message.

When asked why police were searching area around the bar, police responded, "That was the last place she was seen at." Police also said that was the last place her cellphone pinged a tower.

Bordeaux's family said she didn't report for duty the next morning and they say that's not like her.

"I don't think she got home from the bar. Supposedly, the person who dropped her off, something supposedly spooked her in the car, he told them one time she didn't want to get out of the car," said Bordeaux mother. "Yet she got out of the car, that's the part I don't understand. If someone spooked her why would she get out of the car and go forward?"

Fayetteville police called the case a "missing persons case," and didn't detail if she was in danger.

Shortly before joining the military one year ago, the solider married Michael Bordeaux. He had been living with his wife near Fort Bragg, according to her family, but returned to St. Cloud two weeks ago because of marital problems.

The soldier's family says the husband was in Florida when his wife vanished. They do not believe he knows what happened to her.

Bordeaux's husband recently returned to North Carolina to help police search for his wife, according to the soldier's family.

Police said they know where Bordeaux's husband was the night she disappeared, but they haven't released where, all they said is that he has been "cooperating."

Authorities say Bordeaux is about 5 feet tall and weighs 99 pounds. She has blond hair and brown eyes. Investigators say she was last seen wearing a pink halter top and black shorts.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police at 910-433-1856.