- Fifteen-year-old Kayla Berg, of Antigo, Wisconsin vanished in 2009
- Authorities were alerted to the YouTube video within the past few days
- The video shows a man talking to the camera about his new girlfriend, then shows a bound female, crying
Wisconsin Police say a disturbing video of a bound and gagged woman who looks like a missing teen is actually fake.
The clip, which showed a woman apparently being held hostage by a man, captured the attention of police as well as the internet, and some thought the ‘victim’ was Kayla Berg, who vanished in 2009.
The Antigo Police Department updated its Facebook page early Wednesday morning to say: ‘[We] have been investigating the Hi Walter, its Patrick, I have a new girlfriend video that was on youtube.com.
Authorities in Wisconsin were asking for public help to determine the origin of a disturbing video posted online in 2009 that some believed may shown a missing girl tied up in a basement.
The video, titled ‘Hi Walter, I got a new gf today!’ posted by the user ‘Hi Walter, it’s me, Patrick!’ shows a man talking to the camera about his new girlfriend, then shows a female, apparently bound, in a small bathroom crying.
Fifteen-year-old Kayla Berg, of Antigo, disappeared a couple of months before the video was posted in 2009.
Fifteen-year-old Kayla Berg vanished in 2009. Authorities were asking for public help to determine the origin of a video posted months after she vanished
The video, titled ‘Hi Walter, I got a new girlfriend today’ shows a man talking to the camera about his new girlfriend
The video then shows a girl bound on the bathroom floor. Kayla’s mother said it sounded and looked like her daughter
Berg’s mother, Hope Sprenger, told WAOW-TV in Wausau that she watched the video.
It ‘sounded like her, looked like her. It gave me chills,’ Sprenger said. ‘Disturbing. It made me sick to my stomach.’
Antigo Police Chief Eric Roller told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he was recently made aware of the video through a citizen tip, although it was posted seven years ago.
There are some similarities. It could be real and it could be staged. We have to take it seriously,’ Roller said.
The video had about 940,000 views on YouTube before it was taken down Tuesday.
‘The positive thing is getting Kayla’s name back out there. The negative is that the family has to relive another lead,’ that may not pan out, Roller said.
For Sprenger, the video refreshes a nightmare that began seven years ago.
‘I thought it looked a lot like her,’ she said. ‘I pray to God it’s not.’
In the video, creepy music can be heard as a man with dark hair and glasses says to the camera: ‘Hi Walter, I was at the mall today and guess what happened? I met the most wonderful girl.
‘We went shopping at JC Penney and she tried on a lot of clothes… And then we got kind of tired in the mall and I brought her back to my place.
‘I know she hates cameras, Walter, but I’m going to show her to you anyway. You ready?’
That’s when he walks to a grimy white bathroom door, opens it, and the dark-haired girl on the floor, who appears to have her hands tied and her mouth gagged, screams ‘Why are you doing this?’