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Dad of missing woman hopes boyfriend has answers

Kiera Bergman has been missing since early August
Posted: 11:22 PM, Aug 20, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-21 06:22:52Z

RANCHO SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- The boyfriend of a missing woman refused to take a polygraph test Monday - on the same day Arizona police arrested him for identity theft and forgery. 

Kiera Bergman was living in Phoenix when she went missing two weeks ago, but the 19-year-old grew up in San Diego. Monday night her father agreed to speak with 10News Anchor Ariel Wesler about the desperate search for Bergman. 

Bergman graduated from Valhalla High School in 2017. After her disappearance, family and friends launched the #bringKIERAhome campaign - passing out flyers and stickers to keep hope alive. 
 
"That hope is kind of all we really have to cling to right now," her father, Chris Bragg told 10News.  

Bragg described his daughter as a woman whose smile lit up a room. 

"Just seeing her smile," he said. "It's contagious."

Despite the family's effort, no clues have come up since Bergman's roommate first reported her missing. 
 
"We passed out over 2,000 flyers, just trying to focus on things like that to keep us busy so we don't sit and think of the what ifs," Bragg said. 

He told 10News that Bergman and her boyfriend, Jon Clark, had an on-and-off relationship.  He said he never had a good feeling about Clark and that the recent arrest doesn't surprise him.  

"It just speaks to his character and the kind of person he is," Bragg said. "But it doesn't really give me any hope other than the fact that if he is guilty of something in my daughter's case that it will be brought out."

Bragg said his daughter met Clark through a dating website that a friend set up for her. In March she moved to Phoenix to be with him, but moved in with a high school friend after they broke up. 

Clark told authorities that on the day Bergman disappeared, he picked her up from work early and drove her home - where he said they got into a fight and she left. Clark denied involvement in Bergman's disappearance. So far, police have not named him as a suspect or person of interest.   

"At this point, she could literally be anywhere in the world," Bragg said. "I'm going to keep searching for my daughter until I find her, until I get an answer."