Hiding in plain sight: A serial predator haunts Fayetteville, NC
Nested among pine trees Ramsey Street is dotted with townhouses, apartments and a number of nice subdivisions, where most enjoy a quite standard of living. The Ramsey Street area has seen a huge growth over the past 10 years primarily due to the recent influx of military personnel from the Defense Base Closure and Realignment (BRAC).
Ramsey Street is located in North Fayetteville. Some refer to Ramsey Street as 401 North or Raleigh Road. The road is the major artery that runs from Fayetteville to Lillington, NC and on to Raleigh, North Carolina. The area has some established businesses like Methodist University and the Goodyear tire plant but there have been a lot of new businesses which have opened in recent years.
With the transient population of military families moving in and out of the area many newcomers to Fayetteville are not always aware of past crimes in their neighborhoods. For example, between 1987 and 1999 there were seven murders of prostitutes in the Fayetteville/Cumberland County area. Another example are the over fifty unsolved murders in the Cumberland County/Fayetteville area since the late 1970s. Like most murder cases the crimes make the local headlines and are the focus of police investigators but then disappear from the headlines. The lack of continued media pressure and police not publicly talking about unsolved crimes allows violent predators to hide in plain sight while committing more crimes.
Has a serial predator been targeting women for years on Ramsey Street?
In 2010 seven women reported rapes and sexual assaults in the Fayetteville area. A number of the crimes occurred near Glenwick Drive and Radford Road. The attacks were similar. Also, between 2006 and 2008, a series of five rapes or attempted rapes were reported along Ramsey Street. The rapes to date have not been solved. Police investigators indicated early on that they didn’t see any links between the attacks.
Sometime on the evening of March 31, 2012 around 9:00 p.m. a lady was jogging in a wooded area off Carvers Falls Road near Ramsey Street when she was attacked and raped. The crime remains unsolved.
In the early morning hours on Saturday April 14, 2012 Kelli Bordeaux, 23, left the Froggy Bottoms bar, which is located at 6326 Ramsey Street, Fayetteville. She has not been seen or heard from since. Pfc. Bordeaux is a combat medic with the 44th Medical Brigade at Ft. Bragg, NC.
The distance between Carvers Falls Road and the Froggy Bottoms bar where Pfc. Bordeaux was last seen is approximately 0.7 tenths of a mile.
Bordeaux remains missing.
Has a serial predator been hiding in plain sight?
Note: This article is not about the Kelli Bordeaux case. Rather, the article’s purpose is to point out that there has been a violent predator operating in the Ramsey Street area for a number of years.
If you or someone who you know lives in this area be very aware of your surroundings. Pay attention to cars parked or driving, pay attention to faces, and pay attention to your neighbors. Notice if someone you normally see is not around and report it to the police.
Even if there is not a serial predator being a little more aware and keeping an eye on your neighbors is never a bad thing.