Pond search called off for St. Cloud missing soldier

Kelli Bordeaux last seen April 14 in North Carolina

ST. CLOUD, Fla. - Divers on Thursday called off a search of a pond in Fayetteville, N.C., as they continue to look for a missing Central Florida soldier.

Authorities say Army Pfc. Kelli Bordeaux, 23, of St. Cloud, has been missing since April 14. Officials at Fort Bragg reported her missing to Fayetteville police two days later.

On Thursday, police resumed a search of a pond near the bar where Bordeaux was last seen, but concluded it around 4 p.m. Police said they have developed no new leads during the search at a news conference Thursday.

"We have developed no new leads as a result of the search," said Police Chief Tom Bergamine. Police said they are asking anyone at the club that might have been seen anything out of the ordinary to speak out.

Police said they have no new persons of interests and they still consider the case a missing persons case.

On Wednesday and Thursday, Fayetteville police and military authorities searched the pond and an area between Interstate 295 and Froggy Bottoms, the bar where Bordeaux left around 1:20 a.m. Saturday.

A helicopter with the N.C. Highway Patrol circled the Carvers Falls area, while about 50 lawmen and 65 soldiers searched thick woods nearby.

Authorities questioned Nicholas Holbert, who occasionally works at the bar, and saw Bordeaux before she vanished. Holbert has been convicted of felony child abuse, but police have not named him a person of interest in the case.

"To my knowledge, not at this time," Bergamine said at the news conference when asked if Holbert was a person of interest. He said they have questioned Holbert twice.

"Once again we're following up on any and all investigative leads," Bergamine said.

Bordeaux is assigned as a health service specialist with the 601st Area Support Medical Company, 261st Multifunctional Medical Battalion, 44th Medical Brigade.

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