Family searches for teen missing more than a week, last known to be with ex-boyfriend

Family searches for teen missing more than a week, last known to be with ex-boyfriend
Posted at 5:31 PM, Aug 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-13 14:33:11-04

(RNN) – A 19-year-old Phoenix woman has been missing for more than a week, and her roommate said “I know there’s something wrong” as family and friends have pushed search efforts for her.

Kiera Bergman disappeared on Aug. 4, last seen at her apartment complex in Glendale, according to police.

Police have not offered further details, and her roommate is the only person to have spoken publicly about last seeing her - but that was at work.

The roommate, Destiny Hall-Chand, told KPHO/KTVK that they went to work together that day and “everything was fine.”

Then, she said, Bergman left upset, and was picked up by her ex-boyfriend. She later sent her a text, saying “she was going to go out with some guy that she met at the store.”

It’s the last anyone has heard from her.

Her mother, Kiersten Bragg, told The Arizona Republic that Bergman had moved in with the then-boyfriend in March and the family began having trouble contacting her. She said the phone number they tried to reach her at had been disconnected and that they were only able to reach her through messaging apps.

"That's when she started changing, when she started dating this guy and coming out here, so I do believe that a lot - that has to do with that relationship," she told "Good Morning America" on Monday.

Bergman eventually broke up with the boyfriend, according to her mom, and moved in with Hall-Chand.

Hall-Chand told The Republic, though, that the ex-boyfriend had recently moved into their apartment and when Bergman left work on the day of her disappearance, she was picked up by him.

She said what Bergman told her about going out with a guy from the store was "not like her ... that's not something she would do."

Police have not said whether they view this as suspicious or not, whether they have any information about the man Bergman said she was meeting, or whether they have any suspicions about the boyfriend. They have not explained under what circumstances she was again seen at her apartment complex, or who saw her.

On Monday her mother told "Good Morning America" she did not know if Bergman in fact made it back to her apartment.

"I’m not quite sure where she was last seen and I’m not really getting information from people about that,” her mother said.

The mother added that her purse, wallet and ID were left at the apartment, and said of the text Hall-Chand received: "That to me is not my daughter."

On Saturday police said there were “no updates to share at this time" The Republic reported.

The family held a vigil for Bergman this weekend at her apartment complex, and called it a “vigil of hope.”

“She’s just a very happy, loving, very outgoing, very strong-minded girl,” Bragg told The Republic.

A GoFundMe set up by a woman identifying herself as Bergman’s cousin, has raised more than $9,000 so far, to help the family “afford the cost of the hotels, taking time off work, gas” and other expenses as the they try to publicize the search.

“We are a family of faith and know it’s all in God’s hands,” the GoFundMe says. “Please pray for her safe return.”

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