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Community Gathers for Candlelight Vigil to Remember Kayla BergSubmitted: 08/11/2010
ANTIGO - 16-year-old Kayla Berg disappeared on August 11th, 2009.

Since then police have searched across the country for the missing teenager.

Wednesday night a crowd of about 200 gathered to remember Kayla Berg, all hoping and praying for one thing, that Kayla comes home.

One by one, candles were lit in honor of Kayla Berg.

Kayla's dad Jim Spanbauer says, "We think about her every morning, we think about her every day and all night, but she's just not here."

Her grandmother Ardis Spanbauer tells Newswatch 12, "We really miss her, we really miss her, and wish that she could just walk through that door and say, 'Hi Grandma, Hi Dad!' that's what we would like."

The vigil Wednesday night marks the one year anniversary since the 16-year-old disappeared on August 11, 2009. A year that hasn't been easy on Kayla's family.

Kayla's mom Hope Sprenger says, "Lots of sleepless nights, lots of tears, lots of waiting and wondering, I sit back and look and think 'What was I doing a year ago? What were Kayla and I doing a year ago?' I wonder how much she's grown in a year, how much she may have changed in a year."

Wearing pink and black ribbons, people of all ages and members of the Antigo Police Department gathered in City Park all praying Kayla will return home soon.

Antigo Police Chief Eric Roller says, "We're frusturated, because we're following these leads, we're hoping for something, but she's disappeared into thin air or something that's bringing us closer to finding her or some closure."

A face Kayla's family hopes to see in the near future.

Kayla's family says they're grateful for all the support from the community during the last year and they couldn't have made it through without everyone's help and support.

Story By: Bridget Fargen

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