A story written by Kayla's mother for the 18 Wheel Angels Campaign:
Dear 18 Wheel Angels:
This is the story of my daughter Kayla May Berg, who went missing on August 11, 2009, from Wausau, WI. She is from Antigo, WI, a small community in the north central WI. I can remember that afternoon like it was yesterday! She was staying at her dad’s house and had called me to say that she was “just hanging out at her dad’s”. She had said that if she was going to go anywhere and hang out with her friends she would let me know. She said “I love you,” and I told her that I loved her back. I never thought that would have been the last time that I would hear from my daughter again.
She had left her dad’s house to go riding around with a friend, which was her older brother’s good friend. So her dad didn’t think anything about it and let her go. When she never came home that night, he began to call the friend and he said that he took her over to Wausau, WI, because she had wanted to go see a friend. He could not remember exactly where he had dropped her off. I did not find out about all of this until a couple of days later. Now it is Thursday and I get a phone call from her brother and he tells me that Kayla has not been seen or heard from since Tuesday evening. I start to get a hold of all of her friends through texting and phone calls, and that took most of the night. I had an interview for a job on Friday, and when I was done I had talked to my son and he said that she was at her friend’s house. I could just kill myself for not double checking. Although it was very unusual for Kayla not to talk to me every day, I did not put too much into it, because we had been gone all summer to Texas. I just figured that she was busy visiting her friends that she had missed so much. After no word all weekend I talked to her father and had him meet me at the police station to file a missing person report.
The report was filed and the police were convinced that this was just another runaway. After making posters and passing them out all over our town and surrounding areas, I got a hold of the Wisconsin Committee for Missing and exploited children and The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and got them involved. By now it has been around two weeks that my daughter has been missing. After pleading and begging with the police that she was not a run away, it took so long for her to be reported because there was a lot of miscommunication between her father and I. They listed her as missing and endangered, and started to take her case more serious.
It is now going on three months that she has been missing and not heard from. Her MySpace has not been logged onto since Aug. 7, 2009. We have relentlessly tried to keep her name and face out there. There was, at first, lots of sightings and rumors going around. Every lead that the police had they followed up on and all of them turned out to be nothing.
The house where she was dropped off was condemned, no one was around, no lights, no vehicles, and no person around. The person that took her over there just dropped her off and left. It is like she has just vanished into thin air. The FBI is being brought in on Tues Aug. 10, 2009 to finally help work on her case. She also has a website at www.Kaylaberg.tumblr.com
, if you have a chance check it out.
Although I have family members scattered all around the United States through the military. It is just not enough. I would appreciate it if you could keep your eyes and ears open to help aide in the search for my baby girl. She was only 15 when she went missing and has turned 16 on Aug.29, 2009. Please! Please! Please! keep her poster in you truck and distribute them to places in your travels when you can. We pray for her every night for her safe return home, and asked that others keep her in their thoughts and prayers as well.
Kayla and her brother are the loves of my life. Without her I am not complete. I am not a whole person. I am in a constant living nightmare that I can not wake up from. I can’t sleep, I can’t hardly eat, and I can not function without knowing that my baby is okay.
I could never reach the amount of people that the volunteers of the Eighteen Wheels Angels can. My goal is to get her face and name out across the entire United States, and to do that I need your help. Best wishes to all of the drivers and their families I pray all of you have safe trips every time you go on a run.
If you have any information please contact the Antigo Police Department (Wisconsin) 715-627-6411, The Langlade County Crime Stoppers (Wisconsin) 715-627-6245, The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children 1-800-843-5678, or the Wisconsin Clearinghouse for Missing and Exploited Children 1-800-THE-HOPE.
Sincerest Thanks and Prayers,
Mother of Kayla May Berg