Boyfriend faces murder charge in death of 19-year-old Kiera Bergman

Flowers are left on the doorstep of missing 19-year-old Kiera Bergman during her vigil in Phoenix on Aug. 11, 2018.

The Phoenix Police Department is recommending a first-degree murder charge against the boyfriend of 19-year-old Kiera Bergman, whose body was found on Sept. 3 west of Phoenix after she had been missing for nearly a month.

Jon-Christopher Clark, 23, already was in custody on unrelated felony charges and being held in a Maricopa County Jail. Police have submitted a probable cause statement to the court detailing why he should not be charged with the woman’s murder.

Bergman was last seen on Aug. 4, and her body was discovered last week near State Route 85 and Hazen Road in the West Valley.

Clark already is facing counts of aggravated identity theft and forgery, police said. 

Police said he also is facing charges of improper removal of a body and evidence tampering in addition to the murder count.

This is a developing story. Check back with azcentral.com for updates.

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