Wisconsin police have relaunched an investigation into a missing person cold case after a disturbing video on YouTube has started to go viral. The short video entitled, “Hi Walter! I got a new gf today!” shows a man babbling on about how he met a girl at a mall. His comments are bizarre as are his actions, but the last 14 seconds of the video are what’s disturbing viewers most. At the end, the man — who is named Patrick according to his YouTube username — brings his camera to what looks like a basement, where a woman wearing only underwear is seen screaming while bound and gagged on a bathroom floor.
Here’s the full video, but be warned, the footage is pretty upsetting.
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Despite originally being post on October 11, 2009, the video is now going viral and currently has over one million views. Police are now looking into the video as a possible link to Kayla Berg’s missing persons case, who reportedly vanished from Antigo exactly two months prior to the video’s publication after spending a night out with her friend.
According to police reports, Berg (who was 15 years old at the time) was dropped outside of her boyfriend’s home in a desolate part of Wausau, about 40 minutes outside of her hometown. Reports say that the house she was dropped off at was actually “condemned” and the people who lived there had moved while it was being renovated. She reportedly did not carry a cell phone and her friend left without realizing she was unable to get inside. Since that night, she was never seen again, and many believe that she looks a lot like the girl at the end of this video, including her mother Hope Sprenger.
“It sounded like her, looked like her, it gave me chills. Disturbing. It made me sick to my stomach,” she said in a recent interview. “The clothing could be a big possibility. We do believe she was wearing that type of shirt, we know she had jeans.”
Antigo Police Chief Eric roller told waow.com that they’re taking the video seriously and looking to identify who the two subjects are. “We’ll do whatever we can to find out who’s in there and identify them. Sometimes that’s hard on the web because of wherever this stuff may originate from,” he said.
Obviously this could very well be a hoax, but one major detail makes the situation highly suspicious. According to a very thorough Imgur post on the video (the same post that made the video go viral in the first place), the man lived in the same county that she was reported missing from. Police reportedly tracked the guy down, but when they arrived at his house, they were unable to locate him.
What do you think about the video? Do you think it’s worth investigating or are you not buying that it’s real? Sound off in the comments below.
Update: The Antigo police department confirmed Tuesday night that the video is 100% fake and there is no connection to the disappearance of Kayla Berg. According to their Facebook page, authorities were able to identify the man in the video and the female actress.