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Video: Missing soldier’s husband: ‘We were very happy’

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updated 4/26/2012 9:05:52 AM ET 2012-04-26T13:05:52

The husband of missing 23-year-old Fort Bragg soldier Kelli Bordeaux denied any notion Thursday that his two-year marriage to her was in trouble at the time of her disappearance nearly two weeks ago.

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Appearing on TODAY Thursday along with Bordeaux’s brother Matt Henson, Mike Bordeaux told Matt Lauer: “We were very happy. We weren’t getting a divorce, nothing like that. Nothing was wrong with my marriage.’’

Army Pfc. Bordeaux was last seen singing karaoke at Froggy Bottom bar in Fayetteville, N.C., on April 14. The last man to see Bordeaux was registered sex offender Nicholas Holbert, 25, who rang up a bar tab of $28 for four shots and four beers with her, according to the bar owner, before he said he took her home and dropped her off.

Bordeaux used her cell phone to send text messages after leaving the bar, including one saying she was home. None of the messages indicated she was in trouble, according to military officials. 

Fayetteville police have not named any suspects, but said they are concerned for Bordeaux’s safety.

Video: No suspects in missing soldier Kelli Bordeaux case (on this page)

‘I don’t believe a word’
Last Friday, Holbert turned himself into police and is currently being held in jail on a charge unrelated to Bordeaux’s disappearance. Bordeaux’s brother, Matt Henson, is not buying Holbert’s story that he simply drove her from the bar, dropped her off at the entrance to her neighborhood and had nothing to do with her disappearance.

Henson said he has never met Holbert and has never been to the bar, which Holbert lived behind in a tent. “To tell you the truth, I don’t trust anything he says,’’ Henson told Lauer. “I don’t believe a word he says.’’

Video: Police: Missing soldier ‘may be in danger’

“If she was dropped off in front of that complex, she would’ve definitely made it home,’’ Mike Bordeaux said. “I know my wife. She would’ve made it home.’’

Mike Bordeaux, who is a civilian, told police he was in Florida visiting his parents at the time of his wife’s disappearance. He was notified that she was missing on April 16 after the combat Army medic from the 44th Medical Brigade did not report for duty at Fort Bragg.

Video: Search for missing Fort Bragg soldier continues

‘Something was fishy’
“I didn’t think it was right, because she always goes to work,’’ Bordeaux said. “She’s a very responsible person. She wouldn’t not just call in and say she’s not coming into work or anything like that.  She would just go to work. I didn’t like the whole situation. Something was fishy.’’

Kelli Bordeaux’s family has remained adamant that she would not abandon them or the job she loved.

“I understand there’s people that go AWOL, but you don’t go AWOL from your family,’’ Henson told NBC News.

Video: Missing soldier’s husband: ‘We were very happy’ (on this page)

Police have searched nearby woods and a pond for Bordeaux. They have put out a call for volunteers to help in her search and have received an overwhelming response. Mike Bordeaux has been handing out fliers with his wife’s family and aiding in the search.

“I’m very happy that everyone — the Fayetteville police, the detectives, even neighbors —I’m so happy that these people are trying to help find my wife,’’ Bordeaux said. “I want her to come home safe and sound.’’

“We expect to find her,’’ Henson said. “We’re going to find her safe and sound. I don’t have any doubt in my mind.’’

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