Latest: Missing teen's mom speaks out about arrest
by Meg Bonacorsi
ANTIGO (WAOW) -- Police believe 24-year-old Kevin Kielcheski was the last person to see 15-year-old Kayla Berg before she went missing over two months ago.
Now he's facing felony charges.
Kielcheski is accused of second degree reckless endangerment because of his actions the night Kayla disappeared.
Kayla's mom Hope Sprenger says, "It was difficult to take in. I can't really say how I felt. It's difficult."
Difficult, because Kevin Kielcheski was friends with both Kayla and her older brother.
Sprenger says, "Good kid, he stayed at our house a number of times."
Sprenger is upset, but not shocked, that Kielcheski told police he and Kayla were smoking marijuana before he dropped her off at this house, not watching to make sure the stoned teen got in safely.
Sprenger says, "I had some inclination. Kids are going to be kids, they're going to experiment. But I'm not happy with that whole situation."
Police say they always knew they'd arrest Kielcheski for endangering Kayla's safety, but decided to do it now because their leads aren't panning out and new information is dwindling.
Antigo Police Chief Eric Roller says, "We're hoping with the arrest at this point people will realize she's still out there, she's still missing, we're still doing everything we can and maybe we can get some tips."
The chief says his department is actively searching for Kayla, but he never imagined she'd still be missing after more than two months.
"This family is going through all they are and we just can't come up with anything that can help them out and that's frustrating," Roller says.
On dealing with the whole situation, Sprenger says, "I don't know how I keep making it through every day, I really don't... She's my motivation. I guess, that's the only thing that keeps me going."
Police don't plan on charging Kielcheski with any other crimes.
But if convicted of reckless endangerment, he could face up to 10 years in prison.
Since Kayla is still missing, anyone with information is asked to call the Antigo Police Department at 715-627-9411.
Sprenger would also like to thank all of the people who have helped with Kayla's search.