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Kayla May Berg

Updated: Jan 14, 2022

Kayla was last seen on August 11th, 2009. Kayla was with her friend, Kevin J. Kielcheski, and they were driving around in Antigo, WI. It is alleged that they were smoking marijuana at the time. Sometime between 9pm and 10pm, Kevin said that he dropped her off at her boyfriend's house in Wausau, but he said that he did not see her go inside.

Kayla's parents were separated and they had an open living arrangement allowing Kayla and her brother to go back and forth between their parent's homes anytime they wanted. Because of their living arrangements, it was a few days before both parents realized that Kayla was not with the other, and Kayla was reported as missing.

Kayla's boyfriend has denied that he saw her on the day of her disappearance.

The house that Kayla was dropped off had been a condemned home with the occupants moving out while it was being renovated.

In October 2009, Kevin was arrested and charged with 2nd-degree reckless endangerment, related to the substance use with Kayla the night of her disappearance. In July, this charge was dismissed due to lack of evidence.

Kevin has not been charged, and has not been named as a suspect in Kayla's disappearance. He is no longer cooperating with law enforcement.

In May 2011, a search was conducted on Kevin's property, and items of interest were found. The Antigo police department stated that there was no indication that Kayla was on the property and will not disclose the items as they don't want to jeopardize the investigation.

Kayla's mother, Hope was interviewed by Dateline for the 10th anniversary of Kayla's disappearance. She said: "Somebody doesn’t just vanish off the face of the earth. I think something bad happened, but I don’t know for sure. Then there’s that hope and faith that she is out there somewhere safe and we can bring her home. There’s a lot of things that run through your mind when something like this happens. I always try to keep that hope and faith alive. The Ohio women were found. Jayme Closs was located. That always gives someone renewed hope and faith, like, ‘Maybe that could happen to me.’”

In October 2019, there was a weekend long search consisting of 7 k-9 teams, and members of law enforcement searched 11 square miles of the Nicolet National Forest for Kayla. Law enforcement stated that they chose this area based on information that was gathered through the investigation. The search was unsuccessful in finding anything, but they will continue to search.

Kayla was 15 years old at the time of her disappearance. She was last seen wearing a red spaghetti strap top, dark blue hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, tan low-heeled sandals and a silver ringed necklace. She has brown hair, brown eyes, 5'2" at 108lbs. She had a scar on her right shin and small chicken pox scars on her right check and right side of nose. She has abdominal scars and her appendix had been removed. Her navel is pierced and ears are double pierced.

Kayla's photo is shown age-progressed to 26 years.

The FBI is offering a $20,000 reward for any leads to the investigation.

Any Information or Leads can be directed to:

Antigo Police at 715-627-6411

Langlade County Crime Stoppers 715-627-6472

Callers can remain anonymous.

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