This is really disturbing. After cops launched a full investigation into a YouTube video which was believed to be connected to Kayla Berg’s abduction case, authorities have determined the video is fake. Get the full report here.
Wisconsin police recently discovered that the horrifying video posted by YouTube user Hi, I’m Walter in Aug. 2009, was staged, according to The Daily Beast. Only days after the video went viral, Antigo police confirmed the news saying they have verified the video as having “no connection to the disappearance of Kayla Berg.”
“The Antigo Police with the help of another law enforcement agency has been able to identify that this video is 100% fake,” the Antigo Police Department posted on Facebook on Oct 11. The police also noted that they had identified the producer and the two actors who had played in the short video that was produced by YouTube.
The actors may not have intended to depict Kayla’s cold case, but many viewers seemed to think the video was of the missing 5-year-old girl who had vanished from Antigo in Aug. 2009.
When the video was first published, police believed it was an advance in the missing girl’s 7-year case. In the fabricated video, entitled “Hi Walter! I got a new gf today!,” a young man presumed to be Walter frantically speaks into the camera about his shopping trip and his new girlfriend. The video quickly turns dark as the camera cuts to a dark room where a girl who appears to be held captive kneels on the floor. The girl groans loudly before the man storms in and shuts the door. The video is SO scary!
While it was a little difficult to make out the girls face, the video immediately stood out to friends and family of Kayla. “[It] sounded like her, looked like her, it gave me chill. Disturbing. It made me sick to my stomach,” Kayla’s mother Hope Sprenger told WAOW. “I thought it looked a lot like her.”
Kayla reportedly went missing in 2009 after her brother’s friend dropped her off at a condemned house, which Kayla reportedly told him was her boyfriend’s residence, according to reports. The driver, who was the last person to see Kayla, was charged with second-degree reckless endangerment in connection to her disappearance, according to reports at CNN. His case was dismissed shortly after, and Kayla’s case quickly went cold in 2010.
Unfortunately, police are back at square one after the latest YouTube video was ruled out as evidence in the case. Nevertheless, Antigo police are still reportedly investigating Kayla’s disappearance.
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