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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Family hangs onto hope after Spec. Kelli Bordeaux declared dead

Missing soldier's family holds out hope for news
May. 28, 2013
The Associated Press

ST. CLOUD, FLA. — Relatives of a missing soldier the Army has declared dead say they believe she’s still alive.

Brig. Gen. David K. MacEwen declared 23-year-old Spc. Kelli Bordeaux deceased as of May 20. That will allow her family to receive military death benefits.

Bordeaux was stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C. It’s been more than a year since the central Florida native left her apartment on April 13, 2012, and headed to Froggy Bottoms, a bar about a half-mile from her home. Early the next morning, witnesses reported seeing her leaving the bar with a homeless sex offender. He has denied any role in her disappearance.

Searches by groups of volunteers looking for Bordeaux’s remains in secluded areas near the base have been unsuccessful.

No one has yet been criminally charged in the case.

Bordeaux’s brother, Matt Henson, told WFTV in Orlando that he’s still in touch with North Carolina investigators. A reward has grown from $25,000 to $33,000
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