ANTIGO, Wis. – An update to a report about a Wisconsin girl who disappeared in 2009. Antigo Police issued a statement Tuesday night and said a YouTube video previously under investigation has no connection to Kayla Berg.
Earlier, on the department Facebook page, Antigo Police initially said a YouTube video, recently gone viral, could be connected to missing teen Kayla Berg.
The video, originally published in 2009, shows a man talking about a date with a girlfriend until a door opens, revealing a woman tied up on the floor, crying. The video has been making the rounds on social media — with some viewers believing it’s missing Antigo teen Kayla Berg. Berg’s mother says she sees a resemblance.
“Sounded like her, looked like her. It gave me chills, it’s hard to explain,” said Kayla Berg’s mother Hope Sprenger.
Sprenger tells WAOW-TV that the outfit from the girl in the video could belong to Kayla.
“The clothing could be a big possibility. We do believe she was wearing that type of a shirt. We know she had jeans,” said Hope Sprenger.
In just three months, the video – which YouTube has since taken down – went from less than 20,000 views to almost a million.
Kayla’s mom said something about the video really caught her attention.
“As you start looking at it more, you’re seeing (that it) was posted seven years ago, two months after her disappearance. To me that’s a major red flag,” said Hope Sprenger.
Sprenger said when she saw the female lying prone on a bathroom floor in the end of the video “that first initial thought is, ‘That’s my daughter.’ But I don’t know that. I don’t know if it’s real. I don’t know if it’s fake.”
If the video does turn out to be a hoax — or if the girl in the video does not turn out to be Kayla.
“My god it could be some other person’s child missing of one. Or if it’s fake this person has an extremely sick sense of humor,” said Hope Sprenger.
Sprenger says it’s a disturbing reminder of what happened seven years ago, unsure if it’s her eyes just playing tricks.
“I thought it looked a lot like her. I was trying to focus on some of the facial features. To me it looked a lot like her. I pray to God it’s not,” said Hope Sprenger.