For the first time, Arizona police said foul play is likely involved in the disappearance of a 19-year-old woman who hasn’t been heard from in more than three weeks.
On August 4, Kiera Bergman reportedly walked out of her Phoenix apartment, leaving behind her wallet, purse, and car. With limited leads, Phoenix Police Department Sergeant Vince Lewis, who initially called her disappearance “suspicious,”now suggests the teen didn’t leave on her own accord.
“Our investigators have their suspicions,” Lewis told HuffPost on Monday. “Foul play is a definite possibility, and we’ve spoken with the family to prepare them for anything that may or may not come out as a result of this investigation.”
Bergman’s on-and-off-again boyfriend has been jailed on unrelated charges since August 17. Jon Christopher Clark, 23, was being held on suspicion of aggravated identity theft and forgery after police searched his car and reportedly recovered multiple items with personal information, none of which belonged to him or Bergman.
According to AZCentral, authorities charged Clark with a probation violation right before his release on Saturday. Clark was on probation following a 2018 theft arrest that occurred in California. The terms of his probation stipulated that he couldn’t commit any crimes.
Clark previously told HuffPost that he was at the apartment on August 4 when Bergman stormed off following a misunderstanding. He claimed Bergman mistakingly thought he was leaving for a job in Texas.
Clark also revealed that he’s given police his DNA but has refused to take a lie detector test, saying that he didn’t want investigators to come to conclusions using something that isn’t completely infallible.
This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information regarding Kiera Bergman’s whereabouts is urged to call the Phoenix Police Department Missing Persons Unit at 602-534-2121 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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