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Authorities search for missing St. Cloud soldier near bar

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

ST. CLOUD, Fla. – The search continues for the soldier from St. Cloud who vanished in North Carolina over the weekend.

According to police, Army Pfc. Kelli Bordeaux, 23, was last seen leaving a Fayetteville, N.C., bar called "Froggy Bottoms" on Saturday at 1:20 a.m., not far from Fort Bragg, where Bordeaux is stationed.

Police on Wednesday said pings from Bordeaux's cellphone confirms she was at the bar. 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.

"From everything we understand, she never made it home," said Bordeaux's brother, Matt Henson.

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.

"The first thing on your mind is, 'Did someone find her, hear something new?" said Henson. "It's all-consuming. Your every thought all day is, 'What's going on?' and trying to figure out what happened when she left the bar to not making it back to her apartment."

Bordeaux's family said she didn't report for duty Monday morning, which is unlike 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's 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 declared her disappearance a missing persons case but didn't detail if she was in danger.

Shortly before joining the military a 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, and 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.  Police said he's been cooperating with them.

A family friend told Local 6 that Bordeaux's mother lives in Tennessee and that her father died in May 2011 from cancer.

"She loved to excel in life.  She joined the Army to make her family proud and better herself," Henson said.

Authorities say Bordeaux is about 5 feet tall and weighs 100 pounds. She has blond hair and brown eyes.

Henson described his sister as tough and said despite her size, Bordeaux could put up a fight.

"Because people were talking about how small she is, she's not going to go down without a fight, even if she is 5 feet, 100 pounds," Henson said. "She took boxing growing up. There's been plenty of guys caught with the right hand, so we'll see."

Investigators say she was last seen wearing a pink halter top and black shorts.

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