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Vigil of hope for El Cajon teen missing in Phoenix

Posted: 11:31 PM, Aug 10, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-11 06:31:54Z
Vigil of hope for El Cajon native
Vigil of hope for El Cajon native
Vigil of hope for El Cajon native

EL CAJON, Calif. (KGTV) - In a vigil of hope held Friday night, at least 60 people shared their homes that an El Cajon teen who is reported missing in Phoenix would soon be found. 

Nineteen-year-old Kiera Bergman grew up in El Cajon and went to Valhalla High School, her aunt, Mindy Tarantino told 10News. The teen moved to Phoenix earlier this year with her boyfriend. 

Bergman's roommate reported her missing Monday when she didn’t return home and had not shown up to work.

“We were told she left her house without her purse, without her car, why would she do that,” Tarantino said. “This isn't in her character. She doesn't stop communicating with people.”

Kiera’s mother and sister are in Phoenix waiting for any word from the police. Meantime, her family and friends in El Cajon lit candles and prayed for her safe return.

“We haven’t slept in this whole week. It’s just horrible,” Tarantino told the crowd, reminding them to stay optimistic. “Somebody is going to crack and lead us to her.”