Arizona Girl Found Dead in Desert

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The body of 19 year-old Kiera Lanae Bergman was found last Monday (September 2), after she had been missing for almost a month. She was last seen leaving her Glendale apartment near 51st Avenue on August 4th. She was later found dead near State Route 85 at 3:00 p.m., 45 minutes away from her apartment in Phoenix. The day she went missing she had sent texts to a friend of hers, Destiny Hall-Chand, that she was meeting with a guy she had met at a store. Hall-Chand later told Fox News that “the text seemed strange and out of character for Bergman.”

Keira was originally from San Diego, California, and had only moved to Arizona recently to be with her boyfriend, 23 year-old Jon Clark. She later broke up with her boyfriend and moved in with Hall-Chand. However, the pair was still in touch. According to AZ Central, “The pair would have ups and downs that occasionally resulted in one abruptly leaving for a few hours at a time during an argument.” She sent a text to Clark from work around 10 o’clock in the morning on the 4th, requesting for him to come and get her. When he did, he said she looked “noticeably upset at work that day.” They had gone back to the apartment when Kiera left again. Clark messaged her and asked her where she was. She responded with her last message at 1:54 p.m., talking to Clark about what they had been arguing about. However, she did not give him her location. Clark asked again, but she did not respond, nor did she show up to work on the following Monday.

Clark was very recently arrested, however on unrelated accounts. According to the Huffington Post, “he faces 22 counts of aggravated identity theft and two counts of forgery.” However, Clark refused to take a polygraph test when police offered to give him one about Bergman’s disappearance, stating “I didn’t want to do anything that would give the indication I was hiding anything” (Huffington Post). As of now, no suspect has been identified, and as Clark has not taken a polygraph test, he can not be accused of the murder.

Kiera’s father, Chris Bragg, commented on her death. “Right now, we’re just waiting for them to release the body. They are waiting for some specialist to come in. Once they release her, we will pick her up and bring her home” (Fox News). Other family and friends share his sorrow, especially on social media. One such post read “My sunshine is gone”.

Police have not released information on how long she has been in the desert for, nor have they released any information on how they think she was murdered. Police are in the process of having an autopsy performed, after which she will be released to her family. Police are asking anyone with any information on Kiera Bergman’s disappearance to please call Silent Witness at (480)-W-I-T-N-E-S-S.

 

 

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/09/06/body-missing-arizona-woman-19-found-in-desert-police-say.html

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/body-of-missing-teen-kiera-bergman-found-in-arizona-desert_us_5b912dc8e4b0511db3dfcc5d

https://www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/central-phoenix/kiera-bergman-friends-family-mourn-death-of-teen

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/kiera-lanae-bergman-body-found-state-road-85-phoenix/

https://people.com/crime/ariz-woman-19-found-dead-nearly-1-month-after-vanishing-and-police-suspect-foul-play/

https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix-breaking/2018/09/05/kiera-bergman-missing-phoenix-teen-found-dead-buckeye/1204839002/

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