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Kayla Berg: Found or Missing? Is She Dead or Alive?




In August 2009, Kayla Berg’s summer vacation came to an abrupt end when she suddenly vanished in Wausau, Wisconsin. The ensuing search for her has been plagued with a lack of credible leads and information regarding her whereabouts. Investigation Discovery’s ‘Disappeared: The Last Summer’ shines a light on the circumstances surrounding Kayla’s vanishing and how the case progressed. So, if you’re curious to find out more, we’ve got you covered.

What Happened to Kayla Berg?

Kayla May Berg grew up in Antigo, Wisconsin. The 15-year-old was described as a kind-hearted and sweet teenager who talked to everybody. While in school, Kayla was part of the dance team, looked forward to being on the gymnastic team, and dreamed of becoming a choreographer when she grew up. Kayla’s parents were separated at the time, but she and her brother would often travel between their parents’ homes whenever they wanted since they had an open-door policy.

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Kayla’s mother, Hope, spoke with her daughter on the night of August 11, 2009. She had been staying at her father’s place and, according to Hope, was planning to see some friends. Her older brother, James, also remembered talking to her that night. However, the family never heard from Kayla again. At the time, there was some miscommunication between the parents. Hope only reported her daughter missing about six days later.

Is Kayla Berg Dead or Alive?

The authorities initially believed Kayla was a runaway, but she was upgraded to a missing person two days later. The investigation revealed that on the evening of August 11, 2009, she was with a friend of her brother’s, Kevin Kielcheski. Then 24 years old, Kevin drove Kayla around Antigo for a while and said he dropped her at her boyfriend’s house in Wausau, about 40 minutes away, between 9 PM and 11 PM.

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At the time, Kevin stated that the lights in the house were switched off, and it looked like nobody was in there. He also didn’t actually see Kayla go in. However, Hope later remembered that Kayla knew of her boyfriend moving and had even visited the new house. She added, “For her to be dropped off at night, at his old, abandoned house, with nobody there? I can’t see it.” The authorities at the time felt that Kayla’s friends were withholding information regarding where she was, but as time progressed, that theory was discounted.

The boyfriend denied ever seeing Kayla that night. Then, in October 2009, Kevin was charged with second-degree reckless endangerment. On the night Kayla disappeared, the two had allegedly been smoking marijuana. However, the charges were dropped in July 2011 because of a lack of evidence.

In the years after Kayla’s disappearance, the authorities have continued to investigate it as an active missing case and have received several tips. However, nothing has been concrete enough to lead them to Kayla’s whereabouts. While Kevin hasn’t been considered a suspect in the case, it was reported that he stopped cooperating with the authorities. In 2016, a video from October 2009 surfaced, showing a girl resembling Kayla bound in a basement. However, this was later reported to be fake.

Kayla’s mother still hoped that her daughter was alive but felt she was abducted. Hope added, “Somebody doesn’t just vanish off the face of the earth. I think something bad happened, but I don’t know for sure. Then there’s that hope and faith that she is out there somewhere safe and we can bring her home. There’s a lot of things that run through your mind when something like this happens.”

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Candy: Where Are They Now?



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With Hulu’s ‘Candy’ revisiting the horrific tale of Betty Gore’s 1980 murder at the hands of her friend Candy Montgomery, every crucial aspect of the matter is brought to light once again. These include everything from the elementary school teacher’s last days to the motives behind the Texan housewife’s actions to the results of its ensuing legal proceedings, among much more. So now that we know the surprising note on which this case eventually came to a close back in 1980 itself, let’s find out precisely what its central players are up to these days, shall we?

Where is Candy Montgomery Now?

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While it’s irrefutable that Candy Montgomery struck Betty a total of 41 times with a 3-foot-long ax inside the latter’s own home, she has always insisted she did so in self-defense and nothing more. She even testified that the overkill was a result of trauma-driven disassociation rather than her previous affair with the victim’s husband Allan, leading the jury to acquit her of murder on October 29, 1980. Thus, today, reportedly having gone back to using her maiden name, Candace Wheeler resides in Georgia, where she serves as a mental health counselor for teens and adults alike.

Where is Pat Montgomery Now?

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Pat Montgomery had purportedly stood by his wife, the mother of his two adorable children, at every step of the way because of the belief that her infidelities were purely physical. However, things began to crumble apart for the couple once the family relocated to Georgia in an attempt to start a new life together, and they divorced a mere four years later (around 1984). Pat has since preferred to maintain his distance from the public eye in every way imaginable, yet it is believed that he (in his 70s) proudly goes by the name James these days.

Where is Allan Gore Now?

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Allan Gore’s affair with Candy was at the front and center of his wife’s case, especially with him revealing the details to the authorities before seemingly claiming that their parting was amicable. He was heartbroken to lose Betty, yet reports suggest he had not only stayed in touch with Candy for a while but had also remarried in the small window between the brutal incident and the trial. Coming to his current whereabouts, the widower (and divorcee) has truly moved on with his life — he’s enjoying his retirement alongside a new domestic partner in Sarasota, Florida.

Where Are Betty and Allan Gore’s Children Now?

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Allan Gore lost custody of both his daughters to his late wife’s parents despite having remarried, which means Alisa and Bethany (Christina and Valerie in the series) grew up estranged from their father. However, their social media platforms indicate they’ve since reconnected to form at least a little bit of a healthy, positive relationship even though they are states apart.

While Alisa (or Lisa Harder) presently works in the oil & energy industry in Newton, Kansas, as well as shares a pig farm with her husband and their two sons, Bethany Mickey is a happily married mother of three residing in Las Vegas, Nevada. The latter has followed in her mother’s footsteps to become an educator.

Where is Don Crowder Now?

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Following his astonishing win in court for Candy, Don Crowder undeniably became an attorney to watch out for in Collin County, Texas. He actually ran for governor in 1986, managed to expand his practice significantly, and even opened up a sports bar called Gameday in Plano in 1991. Yet things changed for the worse in 1997, when he turned to alcohol for solace after the restaurant closed its doors and he lost his brother in an accidental self-shooting.

Don’s short temper, depression, and alleged undiagnosed bipolar disorder (as per Raúl Esparza, who plays him in the Hulu original) ended up getting the best of him. Not only did the once renowned lawyer find himself receiving a Driving While Intoxicated charge on June 21, 1998, but he sadly also came to believe that the world would be a better place without him. So on November 10, 1998, the 56-year-old took his own life by firing a single shot directly to the head.

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The Valet Ending, Explained: Who Does Antonio End Up With?



The English remake of the 2006 French movie of the same name (‘La doublure’), ‘The Valet’ is a romantic comedy film. It tells the story of the movie star Olivia Allan (Samara Weaving) and parking valet Antonio (Eugenio Derbez). Under normal circumstances, Antonio would have remained as one of the hundreds of people that Olivia encounters daily but never acknowledges. However, when Olivia is photographed along with her married lover, billionaire real-estate developer Vincent Royce (Max Greenfield) by the paparazzi, she agrees to pretend that she is in a relationship with the third person in the photo, who happens to be Antonio. As they spend time together, they both open up their respective worlds to each other. Here is everything you need to know about the ending of ‘The Valet.’ SPOILERS AHEAD.

The Valet Plot Synopsis

Olivia Allan is one of the most famous movie stars in the world. She is currently working on an Amelia Earhart biopic. Despite her popularity, or perhaps because of it, she is troubled and lonely. Olivia hasn’t spoken to her family in some time, and all her friends are people on her payroll. She is in a secret relationship with Vincent, a married man. Olivia has made herself believe that Vincent will leave his wife Kathryn for her someday. However, a part of her knows that this will never happen. Between Kathryn and Kathryn’s father, they have enough power in Vincent’s business to remove him from his company.

Elsewhere in L.A., Antonio, his brother-in-law Benny (Amaury Nolasco), and their friends work as valets at a high-end Beverly Hills restaurant. Antonio has never wanted much in his life. We later learn that this was one of the reasons that his estranged wife Isabel left him. he lives out of his small apartment with his mother Cecilia (Carmen Salinas) and son. Isabel drops by one evening and reveals that she needs some money to pay off her debts. Although she doesn’t explicitly ask him for the money, Antonio is still very much in love with his wife and decides to find a way to get it for her.

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The paths of Olivia and Antonio cross one fateful evening. After a fight with Vincent, Olivia tries to leave hastily. She calls a cab, and as she is about to enter, Antonio has an accident. By then, Vincent is also there, and the three of them are photographed together by the paparazzi. While Olivia fears this will be a PR nightmare, Vincent is afraid of Kathryn’s reaction. When Kathryn confronts him about this, Vincent blurts out that Olivia was there with the third person in the photo — Antonio. When Vincent tells his lawyer about this, the latter suggests that they should use it. The lawyer then reaches out to Antonio, who agrees under one condition — they will pay him the exact amount of money that Isabel needs to pay off her debt.

The Valet Ending: Who Does Antonio End Up with — Olivia, Isabel, or Natalie?

Right from the beginning, Antonio struggles to adapt to his new circumstances. He correctly feels that a world he barely knew existed has opened itself up to him. Antonio’s family is even more flabbergasted. They have known that Antonio is a kind man and a loving father but can’t figure out how he has suddenly become charming enough to draw the interest of a movie star.

A new world opens up for Olivia as well, and this one is filled with kindness and unconditional love. After she becomes particularly drunk at a party, Antonio takes her to his home and lets her have his bed while he sleeps on the chair. The following morning, Olivia is introduced to the family members, who welcome her with open arms.

When Isabel learns that a movie star is interested in her very ordinary and mellow husband, she becomes jealous, even though she is also dating someone else. In her mind, it becomes a competition. She kisses Antonio, and to ease her mind, he reveals why he and Olivia are together. Almost predictably, Isabel loses all interest in Antonio. She tells him that she can’t be with a man who doesn’t have any ambition.

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Meanwhile, Vincent comes to believe erroneously that Olivia has slept with Antonio. The reality is that the relationship between Antonio and Olivia doesn’t involve romance or sex. In Antonio and his family, Olivia finds the very thing she has been searching for — a sense of belonging.

Natalie is the owner of the bicycle repair and seller shop Antonio frequents. Like him, Natalie is a single parent. She nearly loses her store to Vincent’s company. However, after his arrest, Kathryn presumably takes over the company and cancels the gentrification plan for Antonio’s neighborhood. As the film ends, Antonio and Natalie begin dating.

Antonio’s relationship with Isabel becomes normal as well, especially after Cecilia’s passing. He and Olivia earlier had a falling out. In the film’s climactic scene, Antonio finds Olivia on the set of her next movie, and they reconcile. The final scene involves the two of them bickering at a restaurant.

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