Profiler: Bordeaux search should be expanded

Pfc. Kelli Bordeaux (Image courtesy family)
April 24, 2012 7:34:15 PM PDT
The Fayetteville Police Department will ask volunteers to help it search Thursday for evidence connected to the disappearance of Kelli Bordeaux.

The 23-year-old Fort Bragg soldier was last seen leaving Ramsey Street club Froggy Bottoms more than a week ago.

However, Dr. Maurice Godwin, an investigative psychologist, said police shouldn't be focusing on just the immediate area around the bar where Bordeaux was last seen. Godwin, who has worked on high profile cases like the Washington, D.C. sniper case in 2002 and several missing persons cases, thinks police need to expand their search.

"You don't know how long after she left the bar that she encountered any harm," said Godwin. "For example, she could have been taken down I-95 south."

Godwin said he doesn't have enough information to be certain of a location, but he's is fairly confident that Bordeaux did not go off with a stranger.

"Because of the tight time line of leaving the bar and going home and that type of thing, you have to consider it's an acquaintance that was familiar with her activities and routines that night," said Godwin.

Meanwhile, authorities have said they have had a significant outpouring of support from the public wanting to help locate Pfc. Bordeaux.

A command post will be set up Thursday morning in the parking lot of the Cape Fear Valley Health System's Health Pavilion North at the northwest corner of the intersection of Ramsey Street and Andrews Road.

Check-in for the search will be open from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Volunteers will need to show a valid photo ID and sign in/out at the command post. After check-in, search teams will be assigned to various locations around the North Fayetteville area.

Authorities are advising residents in the area that there may be searchers crossing private property as a part of the search.

The search is expected to begin at 10 a.m. and run until all areas are checked. After completing the search, volunteers are required to check-out at the command post.

Officals are suggesting volunteers wear comfortable clothing, hat, and shoes. They also suggest bringing insect repellent and sunscreen, rain gear, and a walking stick in case of snakes in dense underbrush.

Water will be provided, but coordinators advise volunteers to bring a bag-lunch and a backpack to carry supplies in.

Last week, two big searches turned up no trace of the missing soldier. Police investigators are now re-interviewing people who saw her at the club before she disappeared.

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