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Hope Sprengler will never give up hope of finding her daughter, Kayla Berg, missing 10 years.

But on Sunday evening, she did give up a tradition.

For the final time, Sprengler, surrounded by family and friends, launched 100 colorful balloons high above Antigo's Lake Park in honor of her daughter, who went missing just days before her 16th birthday on Aug. 11, 2009.

“Everyone knows I love my daughter,” Sprengler said. “I'm sure I'll be doing other things to raise awareness about my daughter's disappearance, but right now I need time for myself to try and heal and recuperate, August is a tough month for me.”

According to police reports, Berg is believed to have gotten a ride from a friend to Wausau. After that nothing.

“It's just unbelievable that it's been this long,” Sprengler said. “Somebody knows something. People do not just vanish off the face of the earth.”

Berg's missing poster with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children says her “ears and navel are pierced. Kayla has a scar on the right side of her nose. She also has a scar on her right shin.”

She was last seen wearing “a red spaghetti-strap top, a dark blue hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, tan low-heeled sandals, and a silver ringed necklace.”

The case, and the mysterious circumstances surrounding her disappearance, have drawn national attention. Berg's story has been featured on numerous television shows and across various Social Media platforms. Her face and information is also emblazoned on the side of a big Karl's Transport semi-tractor trailer unit.

Berg is still listed as a missing person. The FBI continues to offer a $20,000 reward in exchange for any information that leads to an arrest in her case, which remains under investigation.

“The police department has done a wonderful job,” Sprengler said. “I have worked with some amazing men and women on the force and I respect what they do.”

Anyone with any information on the case is urged to call the Antigo Police Department at (715) 627-6411 or Langlade County Crimestoppers at 715-627- NAIL.

"It's hard, 10 years, I never thought it would be this long,” Sprengler said. “And it's a big worry of mine, I don't want anybody to forget because I'm never going to forget. I'll never give up. I'll never stop doing what I'm doing until I have the answers that I need."
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Balloons containing information on the Kayla Berg missing person case rise into the sky one final time Sunday evening near the Hudson Street Bridge. Kayla's mother, Hope Sprengler, right, speaks to a large crowd in attendance.

After a decade, Kayla baloon launches end, but not memories hope
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Hope Sprengler will never give up hope of finding her daughter, Kayla Berg, missing 10 years.

But on Sunday evening, she did give up a tradition.

For the final time, Sprengler, surrounded by family and friends, launched 100 colorful balloons high above Antigo's Lake Park in honor of her daughter, who went missing just days before her 16th birthday on Aug. 11, 2009.

“Everyone knows I love my daughter,” Sprengler said. “I'm sure I'll be doing other things to raise awareness about my daughter's disappearance, but right now I need time for myself to try and heal and recuperate, August is a tough month for me.”

According to police reports, Berg is believed to have gotten a ride from a friend to Wausau. After that nothing.

“It's just unbelievable that it's been this long,” Sprengler said. “Somebody knows something. People do not just vanish off the face of the earth.”

Berg's missing poster with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children says her “ears and navel are pierced. Kayla has a scar on the right side of her nose. She also has a scar on her right shin.”

She was last seen wearing “a red spaghetti-strap top, a dark blue hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, tan low-heeled sandals, and a silver ringed necklace.”

The case, and the mysterious circumstances surrounding her disappearance, have drawn national attention. Berg's story has been featured on numerous television shows and across various Social Media platforms. Her face and information is also emblazoned on the side of a big Karl's Transport semi-tractor trailer unit.

Berg is still listed as a missing person. The FBI continues to offer a $20,000 reward in exchange for any information that leads to an arrest in her case, which remains under investigation.

“The police department has done a wonderful job,” Sprengler said. “I have worked with some amazing men and women on the force and I respect what they do.”

Anyone with any information on the case is urged to call the Antigo Police Department at (715) 627-6411 or Langlade County Crimestoppers at 715-627- NAIL.

"It's hard, 10 years, I never thought it would be this long,” Sprengler said. “And it's a big worry of mine, I don't want anybody to forget because I'm never going to forget. I'll never give up. I'll never stop doing what I'm doing until I have the answers that I need."
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Balloons containing information on the Kayla Berg missing person case rise into the sky one final time Sunday evening near the Hudson Street Bridge. Kayla's mother, Hope Sprengler, right, speaks to a large crowd in attendance.
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