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Kelli Bordeaux Missing: Sex Offender Nicholas Holbert Questioned In Soldier's Disappearance

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted: 04/19/2012 9:04 am

A 25-year-old bar hand who is also a registered sex offender was one of the last people to see missing Fort Bragg soldier Kelli Bordeaux on Saturday morning, cops said.

Nicholas Holbert -- who was convicted at age 16 of an offense involving a 5-year-old child -- was questioned twice by police on Wednesday. Holbert told ABC 11 in an exclusive interview that he gave Bordeaux a ride home from the Froggy Bottoms bar in Fayetteville that night, but said he dropped her off at the entrance of her neighborhood.

"As soon as you drive into the entrance to Meadowbrook, she said stop right here," Holbert told the station. "So I stopped and she said, 'I'll walk home.' I said, 'Are you sure?' She said, 'Yeah.' I figured she didn't want me to know where she lived, or somebody was there and she didn't want to be seen together."

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  • Missing Soldier

    FILE- This undated file photo provided by the Fayetteville, N.C. Police Department shows Kelli Bordeaux. Authorities say 23-year-old Pfc. Kelli Bordeaux has been missing since April 14. Officials at Fort Bragg reported her missing to Fayetteville police two days later. Investigators say phone calls and text messages show nothing out of the ordinary happened that night. Their only lead- She left the bar with a man who is a registered sex offender _ and who swears he had nothing to do with her disappearance. (AP Photo/Fayetteville, N.C. Police Department, File)

  • Missing Soldier

  • Missing Soldier

    This undated handout photo provided by the Fort Bragg Public Affairs Office shows Pfc. Kelli Bordeaux. Police in Fayetteville, N.C. are asking for the public's help in finding an Army private they believe may be in danger. Authorities say 23-year-old Bordeaux has been missing since April 14. Officials at Fort Bragg reported her missing to Fayetteville police two days later. (AP Photo/Fort Bragg Public Affairs Office)

  • Kelli Bordeaux missing

    Kelli Bordeaux, a 23-year-old Army combat medic, went missing after leaving a bar in Fayetteville, N.C. early on Saturday, April 14. Here are some of her Facebook photos, many of which feature her husband.

  • NC Missing Soldier

    Kelli Bordeaux is seen in an undated photo provided by the Fayettville, N.C. Police Dept. Authorities say 23-year-old Pfc. Kelli Bordeaux has been missing since April 14. Officials at Fort Bragg reported her missing to Fayetteville police two days later. Police are asking for the public's help in finding the Army private they believe may be in danger. Police say anyone with information should either call police or Crimestoppers. (AP Photo/Fayettville, NC Police Dept.)

  • NC Missing Soldier

    This April 13, 2012 photo provided by the Fayettville, N.C. Police Dept shows 23-year-old Pfc. Kelli Bordeaux. The Fayetteville Observer on Thursday, April 26, 2012 reports that a mix of more than 500 soldiers and civilians turned up at the parking lot of Cape Fear Valley Medical Center's Health Pavilion North to look for Bordeaux, who was last seen as she left a bar about 1:20 a.m. April 14. (AP Photo/Fayettville, N.C. Police Dept.)

  • Kelli Bordeaux, a 23-year-old Army combat medic, went missing after leaving a bar in Fayetteville, N.C. early on Saturday, April 14. Here are some of her Facebook photos, many of which feature her husband.

  • Kelli Bordeaux, a 23-year-old Army combat medic, went missing after leaving a bar in Fayetteville, N.C. early on Saturday, April 14. Here are some of her Facebook photos, many of which feature her husband.

  • Kelli Bordeaux, a 23-year-old Army combat medic, went missing after leaving a bar in Fayetteville, N.C. early on Saturday, April 14. Here are some of her Facebook photos, many of which feature her husband.

  • Kelli Bordeaux, a 23-year-old Army combat medic, went missing after leaving a bar in Fayetteville, N.C. early on Saturday, April 14. Here are some of her Facebook photos, many of which feature her husband.

  • Kelli Bordeaux, a 23-year-old Army combat medic, went missing after leaving a bar in Fayetteville, N.C. early on Saturday, April 14. Here are some of her Facebook photos, many of which feature her husband.

  • Kelli Bordeaux, a 23-year-old Army combat medic, went missing after leaving a bar in Fayetteville, N.C. early on Saturday, April 14. Here are some of her Facebook photos, many of which feature her husband.

  • Kelli Bordeaux, a 23-year-old Army combat medic, went missing after leaving a bar in Fayetteville, N.C. early on Saturday, April 14. Here are some of her Facebook photos, many of which feature her husband.

  • Kelli Bordeaux, a 23-year-old Army combat medic, went missing after leaving a bar in Fayetteville, N.C. early on Saturday, April 14. Here are some of her Facebook photos, many of which feature her husband.

  • Kelli Bordeaux, a 23-year-old Army combat medic, went missing after leaving a bar in Fayetteville, N.C. early on Saturday, April 14. Here are some of her Facebook photos, many of which feature her husband.

  • Kelli Bordeaux, a 23-year-old Army combat medic, went missing after leaving a bar in Fayetteville, N.C. early on Saturday, April 14. Here are some of her Facebook photos, many of which feature her husband.

  • Kelli Bordeaux, a 23-year-old Army combat medic, went missing after leaving a bar in Fayetteville, N.C. early on Saturday, April 14. Here are some of her Facebook photos, many of which feature her husband.

In addition to questioning Holbert, authorities conducted an expansive search for the 23-year-old soldier on Wednesday, both near the Interstate 295 corridor where her last text message was sent and at a pond that an anonymous tipster identified as a place of interest, CNN reported.

Cops said that Bordeaux disappeared after leaving the bar at about 1:20 a.m. At some point that morning, two text messages were sent from her phone. One said, "got home safely," according to CNN. It's yet unclear to whom the text was sent or what the contents of the second text was.

So far, the search hasn't turned up any results. Police are still worried that Bordeaux is in danger.

"There is some information we've gathered that makes us concerned for her safety," Fayetteville police spokesman Gavin MacRoberts told ABC 11.

Holbert has not been charged with any crime.

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