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Man last seen with missing soldier arrested on unrelated charges

By Charlotte Huffman

A man who gave a Fort Bragg soldier a ride home from a Fayetteville bar before she was reported missing has turned himself in to authorities.

Nicholas Holbert, who lived in a tent behind the Froggy Bottoms bar, turned himself in to authorities Friday afternoon on charges unrelated to the disappearance of Fort Bragg soldier Kelli Bordeaux.

Holbert, who is a registered sex offender, was arrested for violation of his sex offender status, which requires him to provide a new address within 10 days of moving.

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office says Holbert is in custody for "failure to register his new residence."

The tent where Holbert lived is no longer behind the bar, but Fayetteville Police Chief Thomas Bergamine would not say if it had been confiscated for evidence.

Bordeaux, 23, has been missing since early Saturday morning, when she was last seen at the Froggy Bottoms bar. The bar's owner -- who would not give his name -- said Bordeaux was at the bar with Holbert.

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.

Holbert then reportedly gave Bordeaux a ride home early Saturday morning. Fort Bragg reported Bordeaux missing when she did not report for duty Saturday.

On Friday, Matt Henson, Bordeaux's brother, held a news conference appealing for help to find his sister.

“Its just so unimaginable to wake up every day and this is the reality, you know, that I’m standing in front of you guys hoping that my sister is found safe and sound.”

Henson said “no one is losing hope” and the family is hoping this is a hostage situation and that Bordeaux is still alive.

Kelli, she wanted to excel in life. That was her thing. She was smart. She was funny. She was beautiful… is beautiful. There is no doubt in my mind that we are going to find her alive,” said Henson.

Kelli’s husband, Mike Bordeaux told NBC News he is holding up.

“I’m trying... and just praying that she comes home safe.”

The family is trying to keep the issue as a high priority in the media so the public can help find her.

On Thursday, Bergamine said there were "no new leads" in Bordeaux's disappearance.

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 the night of the soldier's disappearance to contact police.

Police have question Holbert twice in relation to Bordeaux's disappearance, though they have not said he is a person of interest in the investigation.

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