Phoenix Police Call East County Teen’s Disappearance ‘Suspicious’ - NBC 7 San Diego

Phoenix Police Call East County Teen’s Disappearance ‘Suspicious’

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    Boyfriend of Missing Teen Arrested on Unrelated Charges

    NBC 7's Mackenzie Maynard reports on the arrest in Phoenix and the search for the 19-year-old El Cajon native who had recently moved to Arizona.

    (Published Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018)

    Phoenix police now say the Aug. 4 disappearance of a woman who left her home without her money, purse or car, is suspicious.

    Kiera Bergman, 19, grew up in the unincorporated area of El Cajon but just recently relocated to Phoenix.

    Bergman's boyfriend was arrested on Friday for charges not connected to her disappearance.

    Jon Clark, 23, was arrested in Phoenix on 22 counts of aggravated identity theft and two counts of forgery.

    Clark wrote about the case on Instagram just hours before his arrest Friday saying, "If the police even had a shred of evidence to say I had anything to do with this they would not of let me go." 

    Even though his arrest had nothing to do with Bergman's disappearance, her family tells NBC 7 they are suspicious of Clark. 

    "I was excited, relieved, shocked," Bergman's mom tells NBC 7. "He was the last one that I heard saw her."

    "But you know we don't know for sure until we find out what happened," she added. 

    Family members said she was last seen at her work “Progressive Leasing” in Arizona. Bergman’s aunt said the work location is about 10 minutes from her new apartment.

    Police said on Aug. 9 that they were “actively and vigorously investigating the disappearance” of the 19-year-old, but at that time they said there was no evidence of any foul play.

    Friday, police updated their statement: "This remains a missing person case; however, circumstances related to her disappearance are suspicious," said Phoenix Police Sgt. Vince Lewis 

    Bergman’s aunt Mindy Tarantino told NBC 7 that Bergman sent a text message to her roommate at about 12:45 p.m. on Aug. 4, the day she went missing. No one has seen or heard from her since then, according to police.

    The Phoenix Police Department issued the following statement to NBC 7 on Aug. 9:

    “Phoenix Police is actively and vigorously investigating this disappearance. Phoenix Police are in constant contact with the family and have been conducting interviews daily. We understand the emotions involved and wish to show empathy towards all those who are looking for Kiera.”

    Anyone having information regarding this case is asked to contact the Phoenix Police Department Missing Persons Unit at (602) 534-2121 or caleb.morris@phoenix.gov. After hours: (602) 262-6141.

    People can provide information anonymously by calling Silent Witness at at (480) W-I-T-N-E-S-S, or for Spanish for (480) T-E-S-T-I-G-O.