Pfc. Kelli Bordeaux, a 23-year-old combat medic with the 44th Medical Brigade, disappeared early Saturday morning after leaving the Froggy Bottoms bar in Fayetteville, N.C., Fox News reports. Authorities said she was last seen leaving the bar at around 1:20 a.m.
North Carolina police are talking to 25-year-old Nicholas Holbert, a registered sex offender who is a bar hand at the Froggy Bottoms. Holbert said he drove Bordeaux home the night she disappeared.
Holbert has reportedly denied any involvement with Bordeaux’s disappearance. He told WTVD-TV that he dropped Bordeaux off at the entrance of her neighborhood.
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As soon as you drive into the entrance to Meadowbrook, she said stop right here,” Holbert told the police station. “So I stopped and she said, ‘I’ll walk home.’ I said, ‘Are you sure?’ She said, ‘Yeah.’ I said 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.”
In 2003, Holbert was convicted of indecent liberties with a 5-year-old child. He told the station that he was being unjustly targeted because of his criminal record.
“Mr. Holbert is one of the last persons that had contact with Mrs. Bordeaux,” Fayetteville police Chief Tom Bergamine told reporters. “Anybody that last saw her on the early morning of Saturday is someone we want to talk to.”
Holbert has not been named a “person of interest” in the case, a police spokesman told FoxNews.com.
Investigators searched the wooded area around the bar and are collecting video surveillance from businesses near the bar.
According to police station reports, Bordeaux’s civilian husband, Mike Bordeaux, was out-of-town on the night his wife disappeared and is cooperating with the investigation.
Bordeaux joined the military in April 2011 and arrived at Fort Bragg last November.