Wisconsin police have determined that a disturbing video showing a girl tied up on a bathroom floor and screaming for help is a hoax.
The video sparked a national manhunt Tuesday and amateur sleuths analyzing the video said the victim looked just like Kayla Berg, a 15-year-old Wisconsin teen who vanished in 2009.
But overnight, police tracked down the man and girl in the video, and discovered that it was fake.
“The Antigo Police Department has identified the video producer/camera man, actor and actress in the video. This video has no connection to the disappearance of Kayla Berg,” police said in a Facebook post.
Inside Edition has confirmed that the video was made by amateur filmmakers, who expressed regret after the video made the rounds on YouTube.
They're apologizing today for freaking everyone out. The actors involved extended their sympathies to the family of Kayla Berg, saying, “We apologize for any emotional harm caused.”
In the video, a creepy man talks straight into the camera about a girl he just met at the mall.
“I met the most wonderful girl,” he says. The man in the video calls himself “Patrick.”
“We decided to go and take a look at some of the jewelry at Kay Jewelers and she picked out this awesome necklace,” he says.
The man then says that he brought the girl back to his place. “I know she hates cameras, but I'm going to show you her, anyway,” he says. “You ready?”
The camera then pans to the girl, tied up and sprawled on the bathroom floor, and screaming for help.
"Why are you doing this?" she screams in the video.
That's when the video comes to an abrupt end.