50 people in 50 days: Teen missing after ride with brother's friend
Kayla Berg was last reported to have been seen in Wausau, Wisconsin, on August 11, 2009.
March 29th, 2011
03:52 PM ET

50 people in 50 days: Teen missing after ride with brother's friend

Editor's note: Nancy Grace's new show on HLN, "Nancy Grace: America's Missing," is dedicated to finding 50 people in 50 days. As part of the effort, which relies heavily on audience participation, CNN.com's news blog This Just In will feature the stories of the missing.

This is the 50th case, and it was shown Friday night on HLN.

Kayla Berg's mother remembers the last time they talked: On the phone, hours before the Wisconsin teenager’s last known sighting in August 2009.

"She had called me earlier that day," said Kayla's mother, Hope Sprenger. "[She] told me that she might possibly be going over by some friends, hanging out. If she did, she would give me a call back later.

"She told me that she loved me. I told her I loved her, too, and we would chat later. And that was the last time we heard from her."

Police say Kayla, 15, of Antigo, Wisconsin, disappeared after getting a ride from her brother’s friend on August 11, 2009.

The brother’s friend said that at her request, he dropped her off at what she said was her boyfriend's home in Wausau, Wisconsin, according to police. He said he last saw her when she exited his vehicle and walked toward the house.

After Kayla was reported missing days later, investigators learned that the home was abandoned, police said.

Police say they are following leads in the case, but they still don’t know what happened to Kayla.

Sprenger said Kayla would never choose to run away.

"And she would never go this long without contacting either me, her dad, her brother [or] her friends," Sprenger said.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Steve Miller

    Why do the E-mail alerts always show Nancy's picture, and not the picture of the missing person???

    March 29, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Col. Bat Guano

    Nancy Grace is now a nation.

    March 30, 2011 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
  3. Sunshine

    Hey thats a good question about the photo. Nancy Graces photo just a stunt to try and bring more PR to herself. But why would someone 1) Drive a 15 yr old out of state? And 2) Just drop her off and not check to make sure she was ok? Make sure the person was home ect? Sounds fishy to me. How well did the police check out the brothers friends story/alibi? Did they even talk to her brother at all? Something just isnt right about the story.

    March 30, 2011 at 4:10 am | Report abuse |
  4. Tyler

    She may have met with foul play... but you can't rule out the possibility that it was her intention to give everyone the slip and disappear, at least for awhile. She gave herself the window with misinformation, after all.

    She was experimenting with pot, hanging out with older guys, dating a 19 year old who lived 45 minutes away and she didn't even call to see if he was hanging out at his abandoned house first?

    Maybe she had more reasons to run away than anyone is letting on. That could explain the conflicting stories and the strange lack of information from those who were closest to her.

    She seems like the kind of girl who was ready to grow up much faster than her mother wanted her to... what kind of 15 year old girl doesn't have a cell phone? Was it because she didn't want one? C'mon.

    If that friend of her brothers didn't do it... and I seriously doubt he did because he was in no condition to commit murder and flawlessly cover it up in the time-frame provided... it would suggest she convinced him to go against his better judgment, drive her up there, leave her at an abandoned house that looked dark and empty... She must have been pretty convincing... and whatever she said or did to get him to do this was also enough to get him to keep his mouth shut about it.

    March 30, 2011 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  5. anaeliss

    When are people going to tell teenagers you are not grown yet. And yes you don't know! Life isn't neat packages anymore. There are dangers out there teens can't imagine. Secretive isn't cute or hip as teens find out the deadly way, dead! Please let someone know what going down and where. We at least need to know where to look for the bodies. I'm almost 60 and I still tell where I'd be. No one that adult!

    March 30, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  6. really?

    Dumb girl made dumb decision so she has to face the consequences.

    March 30, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |