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Missing Arizona Teen's Disappearance Shows Signs Of Foul Play, Arizona Police Say
Police say Kiera Bergman's boyfriend is not a suspect in her disappearance — but her family believes otherwise.
An Arizona teen has been missing for three weeks, and police now believe "foul play" may be involved in her disappearance.
Kiera Bergman, 19, was last seen at her Phoenix apartment on August 4. Her boyfriend, Jon-Christopher Clark, 23, told The Arizona Republic that Bergman had left the apartment after the two got into a fight on his birthday, which was August 4.
"She got upset and then she left," he told the paper, adding that he tried to contact his girlfriend many times to get her to return to the apartment, but got no response.
Clark was since arrested and hit with 22 charges, including aggravated felony theft and two counts of forgery, after police found "items with personal identifying information of others,” Newsweek reported.
Clark has been in custody on those charges since Aug. 17. He was scheduled to be released Saturday, but was charged with a parole violation that kept him behind bars, Sgt. Bryant Vanegas of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office told The Arizona Republic.
Clark said before his arrest that he had "nothing to do with anything" related to the disappearance.
"I love Kiera with all my heart, I want Kiera to come home," he said.
Police have said with little information to go on, they are not able to say exactly what took place on the day of her disappearance — but do believe "foul play" may be involved.
Clark has not yet been charged with a crime relating to Bergman's disappearance. Police say no suspect has yet been identified in the missing persons case, according to Newsweek.
But while cops have yet to publicly point a finger at Clark, the missing teen's family has voiced concerns that he may be involved.
"I believe he knows something," Bergman's mom, Kiersten Bragg, told KNXV-TV, a local ABC news station.
She described the relationship between the pair as rough, noting that they were frequently breaking up and reconciling.
According to her, it also was unlike her daughter to leave the apartment without her wallet, purse or ID.
Kiera Bergman's father, Chris Bragg, told 3TV/CBS5 that despite the unanswered questions about his daughter's current whereabouts, he remains optimistic and is "just holding onto hope that our daughter may still be alive."
[Photo: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children]