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3 Weeks After Teen Vanished, Police Say Foul Play Suspected

Kiera Bergman's boyfriend was arrested on unrelated allegations
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 27, 2018 10:12 AM CDT
Kiera Bergman.   (GoFundMe)

(Newser) – For the first time since Kiera Bergman vanished three weeks ago, Phoenix police are saying they suspect foul play in her disappearance, the Arizona Republic reports. A visibly upset Bergman, 19, reportedly left work early on the morning of Aug. 4; police later said she was last seen that day at her Phoenix apartment and has not been heard from since. Bergman moved to Arizona from the San Diego area in March to live with her boyfriend, 23-year-old Jon-Christopher Clark, her parents have previously said. She moved in with a friend a few weeks later after breaking up with Clark, but Clark says he then moved in with the two in mid-June after reconciling with Bergman. Clark, who says he was the last person to see Bergman, was arrested Aug. 17 on suspicion of identity theft and forgery; he was released a week later, NBC San Diego reports.

Police say the investigation into the other, unrelated crimes began after a search of Clark's vehicle, though authorities have said he is not a suspect in Bergman's disappearance. Clark has said in an interview with the Republic that he was questioned by police in the disappearance, but that he was not involved and just wants her to come home. Bergman's parents, however, have said they believe he may have had something to do with their daughter's disappearance. The day she vanished was Clark's birthday, and Clark says she asked him to pick her up from work in the morning. He says they later argued because he was sad they weren't doing anything for his birthday and she left the apartment upset (and reportedly without her money, purse, or car). A GoFundMe has been set up for her family. (Read more missing woman stories.)

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