Soldier with East TN ties buried after 2012 disappearance

(WBIR) Friends and family finally laid to rest a soldier with East Tennessee ties nearly two years after she was murdered.

Spc. Kelli Bordeaux disappeared after she went to a bar in Fayetteville, N.C. on April 13, 2012. Last month, officials found the 23-year-old's remains in a deeply wooded area about three to four miles from the bar.

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At the time of her disappearance, she was stationed at Fort Bragg.

Bordeaux's mother, Johnna Henson, lives in Newport. But the soldier's funeral was held in her hometown of St. Cloud, Fla. on Saturday, according to WAGT.

Last Wednesday, Fort Bragg also hosted a memorial service for Bordeaux.

"Kelli Bordeaux was an amazing woman who brought the entire community of Fayetteville and beyond together, and she gave us all a special kind of hope – hope for her return home, hope that her family could find peace among the unknowing, and hope that we could all live life just as she did," Bordeaux's Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Heather Kness told WCNC.

Fayetteville police arrested Nicholas Holbert, 27 and charged him with first-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping. Officials said Holbert had been a person of interest in the case since Bordeaux disappearance.

Police said Bordeaux was last seen leaving the bar with Holbert. At the time she went missing, the suspect was living a tent behind the bar.


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