WHEN A YOUNG U.S. ARMY COMBAT MEDIC GOES MISSING, A BOUNTY HUNTER TAKES ON HIS BIGGEST CASE EVER – CAN HE FIND KELLI BORDEAUX?
“48 Hours” To Broadcast Police Officer’s Bodycam Footage of Suspect’s Confession
“48 Hours: The Hunter”
Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015
(L-R) David Marshburn and Kelli Bordeaux.
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Troy Roberts and 48 HOURS investigate the disappearance of Army combat medic Kelli Bordeaux and the unconventional hunt for her killer in “The Hunter” to be broadcast Saturday, Oct. 24 (10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Bordeaux was a bright, 23-year-old medic waiting to be deployed from Fort Bragg, N.C. But one Friday night in 2012, she went out to a local bar and never returned home.
“She was a determined young woman,” Bordeaux’s mother, Johnna Henson, tells 48 HOURS. “She wasn’t just a nobody. She wasn’t just some girl.”
The disappearance of a member of the Area Support Medical Company 44th Medical Brigade caught the attention of a local bounty hunter who decided on his own to search for the missing woman.
“She’s one of ours that protects us,” says private investigator David Marshburn, now a 48 HOURS consultant. “So I felt the need to protect her. I’m thinking, ‘You can help find this person – that’s what you’re good at.’”
Marshburn makes his living as a bounty hunter but finding Kelli was another story altogether. It was the first case he tackled after he received his private investigator’s license.
It’s a story that rocked a military town and made national headlines. More than 700 people originally turned out to search for Bordeaux, including her military unit, but they found no clues. Police had several suspects, including her estranged husband, Mike Bordeaux, Justin Thompson, the man she was dating at the time, and Nicholas Holbert, who was last seen with her the night she went missing.
“The first day I got the case, everybody’s a suspect. The only person I knew that weren’t a suspect was me,” says Fayetteville Detective Jeff Locklear.
Bordeaux and Thompson both had solid alibis – both were in Florida at the time Bordeaux was last seen. Early in the investigation Holbert became the prime suspect, but police had no hard evidence to connect him to the crime.
But Marshburn, based on instinct alone, was convinced Holbert was responsible for Kelli’s disappearance. Without telling anyone, he launched his own investigation. Eventually, Marshburn befriended Holbrook. While police are always skeptical of anyone offering to help with an investigation, Marshburn, they said, was different.
“I had never heard of him before this case,” says Billy West, Cumberland County's district attorney. “Very unorthodox.”
“I had the right guy, I had the man,” Marshburn says.
He did indeed. After Marshburn convinced Holbert to lead him to Kelli’s body he called Locklear. In an amazing video recorded by a police body camera, Holbert confessed to Kelli’s murder.
Roberts and 48 HOURS report on the investigation through interviews with police, investigators, Bordeaux’s family, Marshburn and others. 48 HOURS also features the first-ever broadcast of the confession captured by a police officer’s bodycam. 48 HOURS: “The Hunter” is produced by Marc Goldbaum, Paul LaRosa and Jonathan Leach. Anthony Batson is the senior broadcast producer. Susan Zirinsky is the senior executive producer.
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