The Fayetteville Police have “no new leads,” Chief Thomas Bergamine said Thursday in a news conference, as the search for missing Fort Bragg soldier Kelli Bordeaux continues.
Asked if the search was “back to square one,” Bergamine said, “That’s about the gist of it.”
Police searched a pond for Bordeaux Wednesday night and Thursday morning but did not solve the case. Bergamine asked anyone who was at the Froggy Bottoms bar, where she was last seen Friday night and early Saturday morning, to contact police.
He said there were more than 20 people at the bar that night and that police knew some of the names, but not all.
The owner of the bar gave NBC-17 some new details on the evening Bordeaux, 23, disappeared. She was reported missing Monday when she did not report for duty.
The bar owner – who would not give his name – said Bordeaux was at the bar Friday night with Nicholas Holbert. He said Holbert was not a bar employee but lived in a tent behind the bar and came there often.
The tent is no longer behind the bar, but Bergamine would not say if it had been confiscated for evidence.
The bar owner said a tab for $28 from Friday night was attributed to Holbert and Bordeaux, although he said Holbert does not drink. The tab was $28 for four shots and four beers.
NBC-17 reached Bordeaux's family at her apartment Thursday afternoon, but they said they had no new information on her whereabouts and did not want to comment further.
During a press conference Wednesday, Fayetteville Police Chief Thomas Bergamine said they spoke with Holbert twice in connection with Bordeaux's disappearance.
Bergamine, however, would not disclose how the woman and Holbert are connected, other than he was somehow associated with Froggy Bottoms bar. CNN had reported, citing an unnamed Army official, that Bordeaux was drinking at the bar and got a ride home from an employee. CNN reported that she sent two text, one of which was “Got home safely.
But Bergamine said Thursday the police have "grave concerns" about her safety.
Bergamine said records show her cell phone pinged off towers near the North Ramsey corridor, which led them to search the I-295 area.
Wednesday afternoon, Fayetteville Police and Cumberland County Sheriff's investigators searched the area of a pond nearDobbinHolmes Road in Eastover as well as the I-295 area.
Kelli's husband Mike Bordeaux is a civilian and family members say he's devastated by her disappearance. Bergamine says Bordeaux's husband was not with her at the bar that night and he is cooperating with authorities.
Mike Bordeaux would not say where he was on Friday or over the weekend, but did confirm that he was not at the apartment. He says they have been married for two years and describes the marriage as "happy." He says they are not estranged, as police have reported.
"I would never lay a hand on her," he said.
He says he talked with Kelli at 3 p.m. Friday but she did not say she was going out and she acted as if everything was fine. He added that he is cooperating with detectives and has been advised by police to not talk with media.
Later Wednesday, Mike Bordeaux told NBC News that he was in Florida when Kelli went missing.
Asked if they are checking that information, Bergamine said, "That's part of the investigation we are working on."
Mike Bordeaux said he thought about joining Kelli's sister Tuesday at a press conference, but decided against it. He was out at the search site Wednesday morning, but says authorities told him it would be best if he left in case anything was found that they wouldn't want him to see.
Kelli is described as being 5 feet 1 and weighs just more than 100 pounds.
A hotline has been established for people to call with information surrounding the case. All information received will be relayed to detectives with the investigation. Authorities ask that if you have information, call (910)433-1114. You can also call the Fayetteville Police Department at (910)433-1856 or CrimeStoppers at (910)483-8477.
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