(MILWAUKEE) — Police in Wisconsin are investigating a mysterious YouTube video that some believe could be connected to a local teenager who went missing seven years ago — though police have not yet determined if the video is real or a hoax, according to Eric Roller, chief of police in Antigo, Wisconsin.
In the nearly minute-long video — called “Hi Walter! I got a new gf today!” — a man talks into the camera, saying he met a girl at the mall and then brought her back to his place. The video then shows a woman screaming on the floor in a dark bathroom. She appears to be bound.
The video was posted on Oct. 11, 2009, “but has recently gone viral and many believe it is connected to our missing person Kayla Berg,” said the police in Antigo, a city of 8,000 people located about 200 miles north of Milwaukee.
Kayla Berg, who would now be 23 years old, was a teenager when she vanished on Aug. 11, 2009, in Antigo, and her disappearance remains a mystery.
Kayla’s mother, Hope Sprenger, told ABC affiliate WAOW-TV in Wisconsin that the girl in the video sounded and looked like Kayla.
“I thought it looked a lot like her,” Sprenger said. “I pray to God it’s not.”
“The clothing could be a big possibility,” she added. “We do believe she was wearing that type of shirt, we know she had jeans.”
“It made me sick to my stomach,” Sprenger said.
Roller told ABC News Tuesday that police are trying to determine if the video is real as well as identify the subject in the video. He said police are getting a lot of tips on who it might be.
Roller said in the seven years Kayla has been missing, the police have followed every tip they’ve received about her disappearance. Roller did not say if the department was already aware of the video’s existence.
The Antigo Police wrote on Facebook: “If anyone has particular information as to the origin of the video or the identity of the individuals in the video please contact the Antigo Police Department.”
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