People who had organized searches for Kelli Bordeaux visited the site where her remains were found and left flowers Saturday.
An Army medic based at Fort Bragg, Bordeaux was last seen at the Froggy Bottoms bar on North Ramsey Street in the early morning of April 14, 2012.
Al Mignacci who participated in and organized several searches for Bordeaux said his reason for visiting the area where Bordeaux’s remains were found was simple.
"Just to see the end of a long search," he said.
Fayetteville Police say on Wednesday Nick Holbert, who is charged with Bordeaux’s murder, helped officers find the shallow grave where her body was left. It was in a deeply wooded area off a drive through the woods along River Road north of Fayetteville. It takes less than ten minutes to drive there from Froggy Bottoms.
"Just to know that she had been found helps a lot, but to come here to the sight means a lot," Mignacci said. “It helps, I think, in the closure.”
Along with Mignacci were Misty Nolan and Tina Turner, who played key roles in many searches. Criminal investigative psychologist Maurice Godwin who helped plot search areas was also there Saturday.
"After searching for almost a year Kelli became a part of my heart as a fellow soldier, and I just needed to see where she was," Nolan said.
Nolan and Turner said they came on behalf of all searchers and the community who never gave up hope.
"[I needed to] tell her goodbye and tell her I'm sorry that we couldn't find her sooner," Nolan said.
They said they hope now the Fayetteville and Fort Bragg community as well as Bordeaux's family can be a little more at peace.
"Her family can finally bring her home and they can have a place to go and visit Kelli," Nolan said.
Searchers had previously been through areas near where Bordeaux was buried.
Mignacci said he also wanted to search the land where her remains were found, but the company that owns that land denied them access because of liability concerns.
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Brandon is a North Carolina native and UNC alum who lives in Fayetteville, and covers Cumberland County and the Sandhills. Returning to North Carolina to work as a journalist is a dream come true for Brandon.
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