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2 searches to be held for Kelli Bordeaux

Friday, May 03, 2013

New searches are planned for Saturday for missing Fort Bragg soldier Kelli Bordeaux. She vanished more than a year ago after leaving a Fayetteville nightclub.

Now one group says they don't want the public's help to search for her. It amounts to a difference of opinions on liability and training.

There are two different groups doing their own search efforts. Both groups say they are not trying to step on each other's toes. They are just trying to find the missing soldier the best way they can.

Chris Sayer is part of a K9 team of professional search and rescuers, who are looking for Bordeaux, and says it's not a good idea to mix professional searchers with public volunteers.

"You have to know what you are looking for," said Sayer. "It would be easy for you to just step over something and now know what is under there, and that's a reason why when we work with affiliated teams they require that all personnel be trained."

Two weeks ago, Sayer's organization led a search for evidence in the disappearance of the young army medic. They concentrated in areas north of the Fayetteville nightclub where Bordeaux was seen leaving with an acquaintance.

Wake County resident Al Mignacci will also lead a search Saturday and says he needs all the boots on the ground he can get.

"I really have no idea how many people will show," said Mignacci. "I have a pretty big area to search, so I am hoping we do get a turnout."

Both groups are getting search directions from Dr. Maurice Godwin, a nationally known criminal profiler. He's think a five acre area further north may be a prime spot for evidence. He too thinks more volunteer searchers are better.

"When you don't have anything, you want people willing to work and get out there and do that," said Godwin. "You want anybody that can find anything."

This new area is about 3-4 miles from town, and has not been searched before.

Anyone who wants to volunteer for the public search is asked to meet at 9 a.m. at the Marathon convenience store at the intersection of Elliot Bridge Road, and Ramsey Street just north of town.

Searchers hope to either find evidence, or rule the area out as a possible crime scene.

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