The U.S. Army has officially declared a Fort Bragg soldier dead, more than a year after she was last seen leaving a bar near the base.
Brig. Gen. David K. MacEwen declared 23-year-old Spc. Kelli Bordeaux deceased as of May 20, a move that will allow her family to receive military death benefits.
Authorities say Bordeaux 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 the Florida native's remains in secluded areas near the base have been unsuccessful.
No one has yet been criminally charged in the case.