WI KAYLA BERG: Missing from Antigo, WI - 11 Aug 2009 - Age 15

Kayla May Berg


Kayla, circa 2009; Age-progression to age 26 (circa 2019); Kevin Kielcheski
  • Missing Since08/11/2009
  • Missing FromWausau, Wisconsin
  • ClassificationEndangered Missing
  • SexFemale
  • RaceWhite
  • Date of Birth08/29/1993 (26)
  • Age15 years old
  • Height and Weight5'2, 108 pounds
  • Clothing/Jewelry DescriptionA red spaghetti-strap top, a dark blue hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, tan low-heeled sandals and a silver ringed necklace.
  • Distinguishing CharacteristicsCaucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Kayla has a scar on her right shin and small chicken pox scars on her right cheek and the right side of her nose. She has abdominal scars from laparoscopic surgery, and her appendix has been removed. Her navel is pierced and her ears are double-pierced. Her nickname is Kay Kay.
Details of Disappearance
Kayla was last seen on August 11, 2009. That evening, she was with a 24-year-old friend, Kevin J. Kielcheski. A photo of Kielcheski is posted with this case summary. He drove her around her hometown of Antigo, Wisconsin and the pair allegedly smoked marijuana.

Sometime between 9:00 and 11:00 p.m., Kielcheski dropped Kayla off at her boyfriend's home in Wausau, Wisconsin, about a forty-minute drive from Antigo. He stated the house, which is across the street from the Colonial Manor Nursing Home, had all the lights turned off and it looked as if no one was home. Kielcheski never actually saw Kayla go inside it. She has never been heard from again.

Kayla wasn't reported missing for six days because her parents, who are separated, each thought she was in the other one's home. Her parents had a fairly open living arrangement for her and her younger brother, and they often traveled back and forth by themselves between one parent's house and another. Kayla, her brother and her mother had moved to Texas earlier in 2009, but the two children were homesick and after just three months their mother took them and moved back to Wisconsin.

Authorities initially believed Kayla was a runaway, and they stated her friends appeared evasive, as if they were trying to conceal her whereabouts. Police began to reconsider the runaway theory as weeks passed without any contact. Her boyfriend denied having seen her the day of her disappearance. He is four years older than Kayla and her mother didn't approve of the relationship because of the age difference. The house Kayla went to on the night of her disappearance had actually been condemned and its occupants had moved out while the building was being renovated, but it's unclear whether she knew about this.

In October 2009, Kielcheski was arrested and charged with second-degree reckless endangerment, a felony; this is related to substance use with Kayla on the night she was last seen. The charge was dismissed in July 2011, however. Kielcheski hasn't been charged or named as a suspect in her actual disappearance, and he is no longer cooperating with the investigation.

Kayla is described as a passionate gymnast who was looking forward to being on her school's team. She didn't own a cellular phone or a computer at the time of her disappearance and apparently didn't use the internet very much. She has no history of running away from home and it's uncharacteristic of her not to keep her parents informed of her whereabouts. Although there is no evidence of foul play in her case, her mother believes she was abducted. Her case remains unsolved.

MEDIA - KAYLA BERG: Missing from Antigo, WI since 11 Aug 2009 - Age 15
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Wisconsin mother still searching on 10th anniversary of daughter Kayla Berg's disappearance


Aug. 9, 2019, 7:33 PM EDT
By Veronica Fulton
Hope Berg and her daughter Kayla spent the beginning of the summer of 2009 with family in Texas where Hope spent her childhood. In early August they returned to Antigo, Wisconsin so Kayla could spend the rest of her summer vacation there before going back to school in the fall.
“I grew up in Texas,” Hope Berg told Dateline. “But my kids were born in Antigo and grew up here.” That summer, Kayla was 15, “Just two weeks shy of her Sweet 16,” her mother said. “Kayla was sweet and kind-hearted. She talked to everybody, it didn’t matter the clique.”

Hope told Dateline that Kayla was energetic and wanted to be a choreographer. She was on the dance team in school and also did gymnastics.
Even though she was no longer with Kayla’s father, Hope told Dateline that she and her ex, Jim, had an “open-door” policy with their kids, allowing them to see both parents whenever they wanted.
So once the mother and daughter returned from Texas, Kayla naturally wanted to spend some time at her father’s. She was spending the night there on August 11.
“Kayla called that night, August 11,” Hope Berg told Dateline. “And said she might go see some friends, but that she’d let me know. Then Kayla said, ‘I love you.’ And I said, ‘I love you, too,’” Hope remembered. “Next thing I know, she hasn’t been heard from for days.
Hope told Dateline that Kayla’s father, Jim, who passed away five years ago, simply remembered that Kayla yelled through the house that she was going out.
Hope said that Kayla’s older brother, James, told her that Kayla had called him that night and wanted to go to a party with him. “He said no, and that was the last he heard from her,” Hope told Dateline.
Looking back, Hope said, “There was a lot of miscommunication between Kayla’s father and I that week.”
“It took about six days, but I thought, ‘Something’s not right: No one has heard from her or seen her.’ So I went to the Antigo Police Department and filled out a missing person’s report,” Hope Berg told Dateline. “She was filed as a runaway at first. Then within the first 48 hours, we had her upgraded to endangered missing.”
Dateline spoke with Antigo Police Department Captain Daniel Duley. Captain Duley told Dateline that he has been on this case since the beginning.
“Kayla was reported missing on August 17, 2009, but hadn’t been seen since August 11,” Capt. Duley said. “She didn’t have a history of being a runaway and there’s nothing to indicate that’s what happened.”
Hope told Dateline that, “Apparently, Kayla was picked up by her brother’s friend to go for a drive. Then, around 9:00 pm, Kayla’s other friend was working and they went to stop by and say hi.”
Captain Duley told Dateline that Kayla’s brother’s friend supposedly picked Kayla up and took her to her ex-boyfriend’s house, 35 miles away, in Wassau, Wisconsin.
“Our main focus in this investigation is the gentleman who supposedly took her for a ride to her ex-boyfriend’s house and the ex-boyfriend,” Capt. Duley said.
Hope told Dateline that, “Kayla knew that her ex-boyfriend had just moved, and had even been over to his new house. For her to be dropped off at night, at his old, abandoned house, with nobody there? I can’t see it.”
As far as the investigation goes, Capt. Duley told Dateline, “There’s been many searches conducted in the areas around the state of Wisconsin. We’ve had human remains detection dogs and other investigative searches done. We’ve had tips that have led us all over the country.”
It has been 10 years to the day since Kayla Berg was last seen, but her case has not been forgotten by her family, the town or the authorities.
“I’ve never considered Kayla’s case a cold case. It’s an active, ongoing investigation. And we actively work on any tips that we get,” Capt. Duley said. “There are people out there that we think have information and we’d like them to come forward and talk to us about anything they know about the case.”
Ten years is a long time to wait, hoping for answers. “We want this resolved for the family and, really, the entire community,” Capt. Duley told Dateline. “They’ve all been affected by this for the past 10 years.”
“Somebody doesn’t just vanish off the face of the earth. I think something bad happened, but I don’t know for sure,” Kayla’s mother Hope Berg said. “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.”
Hope and Kayla Berg.

Hope and Kayla Berg.
Hope Berg told Dateline that, “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.’”
Kayla Berg would be 25 years old today. If you have any information on her disappearance, please contact the Antigo Police Department at (715) 627-6411.


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Sad Case.

Even though it was "dismissed" that video is hard to ignore. The resemblance even... I wonder how they can be so very sure it relates in no way.

The obvious suspect would appear to be the one who dropped her off at a home that according to the one article Kayla knew her bf no longer lived in so it makes no sense she would ask to go there if that is fact... It would make sense however, if the driver did not know he had moved and wanted to make up a story of where he dropped her. 24 years old, you take a young 15 year old girl miles away to another city and do not even make sure anyone is home or she makes it inside? And he said himself there were no lights on and it looked as if no one was home? Odd. Imo. But apparently not enough to charge him.

I hope if there is anyone that knows they think twice and come forward against the possible perp. Antigo is not a huge town, probably 8,000 maybe, Wausau is bigger at maybe 40,000 but not huge cities or anything. Not saying everyone would know everyone but they are not huge areas. Wausau is big enough though to have the usual businesses and more of cities that size with I would think some cameras. But she was not reported missing right away and then was first thought to possibly be a runaway which may have made it too late for any security footage to be found. There is also is major acreage of national forest in the Antigo, etc. area. If she was alone with someone, or trusted the wrong person, it is very rural... Where would one even begin to search...?

Cell phones and GPS have changed many things at times in narrowing things down but it does not sound as though she had one. I wonder if the guy she was riding with did? I imagine they looked into that though although I can't recall in 2009 how accurate they were or towers were, etc. to pinpoint things... .

Just sad. I hope her family gets answers one day. This case is one that crosses my mind every so often. Glad to see it put on here.

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