Ohio escape inspires hope in missing soldier's mother

11:31 PM, May 7, 2013   |    comments
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Army Combat Medic Kelli Bordeaux was last seen April 14th

The happy ending involving three Ohio women who escaped a Cleveland home after they'd been missing for a decade is inspiring an East Tennessee mother whose soldier daughter is missing.

Kelli Bordeaux hasn't been seen since she went to a North Carolina bar more than a year ago.

Her mother, Newport resident Johnna Henson, says it's been excruciating not knowing what happened to her daughter.

"It's actually been 389 days. I mark it on the calendar every day. It's been a hard year, not having her, not being able to talk to her," Henson said.

However, news of the escape of three teens in Cleveland where they'd apparently been held captive for a decade is providing some hope for Henson.

"I can't imagine someone going missing in their teens and not finding them till they're almost 30," Henson said. "It's shocking. It does give me a little more hope."

Henson said investigators in her daughter's case haven't given up hope either and continue to update her on any developments in the case. She said they haven't ruled out foul play.

In the meantime, Henson cherishes photos and other keepsakes that remind her of Kelli.

"She's still out there somewhere. She's gotta be somewhere."

The Army Criminal Investigation Command is offering a $25,000 reward for information.  Contact CID Special Agent Martin Smith at 910-396-8777 or the Military Police desk at 910-396-0392.  The Fayettville, North Carolina Police Department is also offering a reward.

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