A chilling YouTube video showing a woman tied up and gagged by an unidentified man has been called 100 percent fake by Wisconsin police. Fox News is reporting.
The Antigo Police Department had been alerted by concerned people that the captive in the video could be Wisconsin teenager, Kayla Berg who disappeared in August 2009.
The 15-year-old girl vanished after she was dropped off at a house in Wausau. According to police, the teen was headed to a friend’s house, which upon investigation was found to be in a state of disrepair and unsafe to live in, she never returned home.
Kevin Kielcheski, the man who drove Berg to the house, faced a charge of recklessly endangering her safety, but the charges were dropped in 2011 because prosecutors did not have evidence.
The video of a female bound and gagged had appeared online a few months after the young girl’s disappearance, but it went viral again over the weekend.
However, Antigo police confirmed Tuesday, that the video was a fake and had no link to Kayla Berg after forwarding the video to the FBI who had been involved in the case of the missing teen from the beginning and even offered a $20,000 reward for any information about her disappearance.
“The Antigo Police with the help of another law enforcement agency has been able to identify that this video is 100 percent fake and was a video that was produced to be placed on YouTube.com…the Antigo Police Department has identified the video producer/camera man, actor and actress in the video…this video has no connection to the disappearance of Kayla Berg.”
Berg’s mother, Hope Sprenger who watched the disturbing video said the captive looked and sounded exactly like her daughter, but at the same time she prayed in her heart and wished she was not the one.
“It sounded like her, looked like her…I pray to God it’s not. It gave me chills…disturbing; it made me sick to my stomach.”
Kayla’s brother, James had posted on his Facebook wall, saying the woman in the video bore a strong resemblance to his sister which made the family get in touch with the FBI.
“I don’t know if my mind is playing tricks or not, but the video’s release date…the looks…the sound of scared screams…if you want my opinion let’s just say this…we’ve contacted the FBI.”
Antigo police Chief Eric Roller said that the video was first posted seven years ago and even though they were aware of the video, they needed to watch it again and not take anything for granted.
“There are some similarities. It could be real and it could be staged. We have to take it seriously…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 amount to anything.
In the video, a man in glasses and dark hair is seen speaking to the camera where he talks about meeting a girl, taking her shopping and bringing her back to his place. He tells the camera that the girl is shy, but he would do the introductions anyway. He then walks into a dirty bathroom, opens the door and a girl on the floor who screams “Why are you doing this,?” is seen before the door closes.
Someone who went with the moniker, The Gemini Tiger was one of the first people to bring the video to the attention of police after analyzing the video. The poster had argued that video may be real; pointing out what looked liked blood on the door frame.
The Gemini Tiger had said that the disturbing video needed to be investigated before being dismissed as hoax or fake, pointing out that serial killer Luke Magnotta’s videos were not taken seriously, but later turned out to be real.
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