Reddit and Imgur have been going crazy over the past couple of weeks after a video came to their attention that may have involved the alleged kidnapping of a young girl. The video was immediately linked with the real life case of a 15-year-old girl who went missing back in 2009, causing it to go viral and eventually get the FBI involved to prove or deny it’s legitimacy.
The original video was posted back in 2009 to a YouTube channel called “Hi Walter! Its me Patrick!”. In the video, which stands at only 57 seconds long, “Patrick” is seen talking about his “new gf” whom he met in the mall. After hearing how he nearly bought her jewellery and took her back to his home, viewers also find out that she “hates cameras” before he shows us her anyway. The video then quickly cuts to a horrifying scene of a young woman bound and screaming on the floor.
VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED.
The video above was a reupload of the original, which was taken down on Tuesday because it “violated YouTube’s policy on violent or graphic content”, but not before it rapidly gained 940,000 views. Threads started appearing all over message boards as the young woman bound in the bathroom was rumoured to be missing teenager, Kayla Berg, who was last seen in 2009. From there, the Antigo Police Department in Wisconsin was contacted.
After investigating the video and calling in support from the FBI, the video has now been labelled “100% fake” after they were able to identify “the video producer/camera man, actor and actress in the video”. They then make it absolutely clear that the viral video “has no connection to the disappearance of Kayla Berg”. This came as a shock to Kayla’s mother, Hope Sprenger, who watched the video and said to her local news outlet; “[It] sounded like her, looked like her, it gave me the chills”.