Monday Marks 5th Anniversary of Antigo Teen's Disappearance

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email
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Family and friends of a missing Antigo teen will hold a balloon release Monday in her honor. Kayla Berg was 16-years-old when she was last seen dropped of at a home in Wausau, but will turn 21 later this month.

In September 2009, police believed Kayla was with friends who were withholding her whereabouts, however due to the amount of time that has passed they no longer believe that is the case.

In October 2009, a charge of second degree reckless endangerment was filed against a now 30-year-old man who gave Berg the ride to Wausau.The Antigo Police Chief said by filing charge they hoped it would push those who know what happened to Kayla, to come forward.

In May 2011, Sgt. Dan Duley of the Antigo Police Department said “things of interest were found” were found on the man's property, but there was no indication that Berg was on his property. He declined to say what the items were. The case was dismissed in August of 2011.

The July 2010, the case gained national attention and was featured on CNN's Find Our Children segment. Reporters discussed her case and asked viewers across the nation for their help locating the missing girl.

The case got a big push in 2012 when the FBI offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals involved in the crime related to the disappearance of Kayla May Berg. But, despite numerous interviews and tips no solid information has lead investigators to Kayla.

The public is invited to a balloon release at Hudson Street Park in Antigo on Monday, August 11 at 6 p.m.

Five-hundred balloons with Kayla's information in them will be released. Organziers also say the balloon are filled with Holly Hock Seed so flowers grow in Kayla's honor.

A $1 donation is asked to help pay for costs.

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