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ANTIGO (WAOW)--The mother of a missing Antigo teen speaks out about a new reward offered in the case. Kayla Berg vanished in August of 2009, at the age of 15.
Now, years later, the FBI is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest or leading to Kayla Berg.
Antigo Police say many different things have been done to try to find Berg. But now, with this new reward, police and Berg's family say there's new hope.
Kayla Berg's family has collected money of the years to use for a reward. But that money has gone to other things.
"It's been used for posters, gas, it's not cheap doing all that," Hope Sprenger, Berg's mother said.
Kayla's mother says money that they've raised from fundraisers over the years will go to replacing signs like these in downtown Antigo.
But now, with the help of the FBI, police say the $20,000 reward may bring new leads.
"Hoping that if the money is out there, we may get enough interest that somebody will say, ‘hey, I do know a little bit more, I want to tell what I do know," Antigo Police Chief Eric Roller said.
But it's been several years since Berg disappeared. So, why offer the reward now?
"We've been working over time and it's slowly built up to let's at least try this. I guess we are exhausting all possibilities that we can and a larger reward was just another possibility," Roller said.
Antigo Police officials say they've already received a new tip since announcing the reward Wednesday. Berg's mother says she's glad new information is still coming in.
"The one thing I've always worried about, it's over 2 ½ years now, is that it would go cold. I know people are still looking and people are still concerned, they know she's missing. That makes a big difference," Sprenger said.
Officials say anyone with information leading to an arrest or to Kayla Berg will receive the reward. Berg's mother says she is still grateful for the support of the community.
"If we didn't have that, you'd feel alone and it's great that the people that do care and are concerned and are out there and they help anyway they can," said Sprenger.
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