Kiely Rodni, 16, has been found in her car in a California lake, a search and rescue group has claimed. Police are yet to confirm the discovery
Missing California teenager Kiely Rodni has been found in a lake near her Truckee home, a volunteer search and rescue group has claimed.
Rodni, 16, was last seen on August 6, and texted her mother to say she was driving home. She never arrived.
On Sunday the volunteer diver group Adventures With Purpose announced that they had discovered her, in sunken car in Prosser Lake.
She disappeared in her 2013 silver Honda, and a source within the group told KCRA that Rodni’s car found in the lake, with human remains inside.
‘WE JUST FOUND KIELY RODNI…,’ wrote the group on their Facebook page.
‘Car is upside down in only 14’ of water.
‘We have CONFIRMED Kiely is inside. Family Notified. Law Enforcement on their way.
‘More updates to follow.’
Rodni disappeared from the Prosser Family Campground where she was attending a party.
Her cell phone last pinged around 12:30 a.m. near the campground’s reservoir after she texted her mom she was heading home.
Police searched the north side of Lake Tahoe on the ground, in the water and in the air. It is not clear if they also searched Prosser Lake.
A search and rescue boat is seen on August 9 searching for Rodni at Prosser Creek
Rodni, 16, has been found inside a car in Prosser Lake, a search and rescue team said on Sunday
The campground was only 12 miles away from her home in California
Rodni (pictured) disappeared on August 6 from the Prosser Family Campground where she was attending a party
Divers claim that they have found Rodni’s car, a silver 2013 Honda CRV, in Prosser Lake. The license plate number is 8YUR127
Adventures with Purpose began searching for her on Saturday.
The group travels around the country helping solve cold cases, and has millions of followers on their YouTube channel.
‘When you miss a loved one or a friend and you don’t know, it’s a nightmare,’ said Doug Bishop, Adventures with Purpose Team Leader.
He told Fox 40: ‘What we provide is those answers, when we’re able to. That’s what we’re hoping to do in this case.’
The team was in contact with local authorities and Rodni’s extended family, Bishop said.
Bishop led a six-man team, which immediately began searching Donner Lake, believing that their approach and fresh eyes could be of use.
‘With 15 to 20 million viewers per month, there was an overwhelming demand, not only by multiple different agencies, all of our supporters,’ he said.
Nick Rinn a certified diver, told Fox they were trying to find new areas to explore.
‘We’re taking our resources and the intel that we’ve been provided and we’re trying to see different avenues,’ he said.
‘Different place to look.’
On Saturday they searched Donner Lake for more than two hours, investigating several areas where Rodni’s car could have entered the water.
The team checked out a couple of ponds in the Cold Stream area, but Bishop said they were too shallow.
They then went on to Boca Reservoir, putting two boats in the water, where they searched for several more hours.
‘There’s multiple roads that lead here, directly from Prosser,’ Bishop said.
Adventures with Purpose said on Saturday they were thinking out of the box, concentrating on areas that have not been checked out yet.
‘It’s tough,’ Bishop said. ‘I don’t want to find her.
‘If she’s here and something has happened to her, I do.
‘I want to be able to provide the family and this community answers so they can properly lay her to rest.’
On Sunday they moved on to Prosser Lake, and found her remains, they believe.
She was last seen on local surveillance footage wearing a black bodysuit and green Dickies pants on August 5. She vanished the next day
Auburn police, Placer County Sheriff’s investigators and Trukee police looked through their local sex offender registries looking for suspects in the disappearance of Kiely Rodney
California and Nevada police combed local sex offender lists for suspects in the disappearance, as investigators exhausted more leads in the frustrating search for the missing teen.
The FBI pitched in as well, helping area cops chase down 1,562 dead-end leads in the search for the blond-haired Truckee teenager.
None of the sex offenders investigated have been linked to Rodni’s disappearance, investigators said, although one unnamed man was found to be in violation of the terms of his release.
Further details of that crime have not been shared.
Sheriff’s detectives, probation officers and Auburn Police swept local sex-offender lists for suspects and even arrested of one of them on an unrelated charge.
Truckee police also combed their database of sex offenders, but found no one out of compliance with probation or parole terms.
There were 200 to 300 people at the party, mostly teens and young adults, like Rodni, who was an early high-school graduate.
The Placer County Sheriff’s spokeswoman said investigators had interviewed close to a third of the party attendees, but hope to talk to more.
Nevada County authorities have ‘pulled in a ton of resources toward that goal [of finding Rodni],’ Captain Sam Brown said.
Investigators have logged a cumulative 18,810 hours in the search.
Rodni’s cell phone last pinged a tower at about 12:30 a.m., when she told her mother she was heading home
‘We just want her home,’ the teen’s mother, Lindsey Rodni-Nieman, said. ‘We’re so scared, and we miss her so much’
Kiely Rodni, 16, was last seen on August 6 near the Prosser Family Campground in Truckee at the party attended by more than 100 juveniles and young adults
Authorities are seen on the fourth day of searching for Rodni
Authorities have sent dive teams into the nearby lake and into Lake Tahoe after a tip Rodni may have driven her car into the water
Search and rescue party gathers in the area where Kiely Rodni went missing in Truckee, CA, on August 9
Rodni was wearing the pink-and-white ‘Odd Future’ sweatshirt posted to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page the night she went missing.
Whether she was wearing a separate black sweatshirt has not been confirmed.
Information regarding Rodni’s sweatshirt followed another tip that led to the FBI spending Friday digging up a ‘potential burial site’ that only contained a dog carcass.
Investigators confirmed that the last known ping from Rodni’s cell phone came at 12:30 a.m. on August 6 near the campground’s reservoir, after texting her mother she would be straight home.
Authorities confirmed Rodni was wearing a white-and-pink ‘Odd Future’ sweatshirt (pictured) the night she went missing
Police released an image of the sweatshirt (pictured) she was loaned the day before she disappeared. It featured eerie Lana Del Ray lyrics, reading: ‘You don’t want to be forgotten, you just want to disappear.’ Police believe the hoodie is ‘still in her possession’ and it’s unknown who ‘loaned’ her the coat
The ping was located near Prosser Lake, which surrounds the campground, though Brown said that because of lost data, the phone could have continued to ping after 12:30 a.m.
‘Just because it was last pinged there, that doesn’t mean that’s where the phone stopped pinging,’ he added.
‘There’s lots of reasons why those notifications or data points could be lost.’
The last person to have heard from the teen was her friend Samantha Smith, 18, who spoke with Rodni on the spoke at 12:36 a.m.
Shortly after, Rodni’s phone was turned off.
‘At 12:36 a.m. she called me…and this is the last call anybody had with her. We said: ‘Love you, good night. Get home safe,’ and that’s the last thing we heard of her,’ Smith told the Independent.
Her boyfriend, Jagger Westfall, said he texted Rodni to ‘be safe’ and ‘don’t do anything stupid’ before she went to the party.
Her boyfriend, Jagger Westfall, revealed earlier this week he had texted his girlfriend to ‘be safe’ and ‘don’t do anything stupid’ before Rodni went to the party
Some teenagers may be afraid to come forward for fear of possible consequences, one of Rodni’s friends said
Westfall, who did not attend the party for unknown reasons, texted her to complain about his day and heard back hours later.
‘At 10:30 she responded to what I was saying, [she] said: ‘Oh, I’m sorry you’re going through that.’ And that’s the last I heard from her,’ Westfall told Fox 40.
He also told the outlet he and her father had taught Rodni how to ‘get out of sticky situations’ and said she would not ‘put her life at risk.’
Kate Cuno, another friend, said she had hung out with Rodni just hours before the party and the pair had made crème brûlée.
‘Everything was normal,’ Cuno said. ‘I don’t think she ran away or anything. I would have noticed if something was slightly off.’
Police released a surveillance image showing the missing teen hours before she vanished at a nearby campground.
Smith told The Sun that some of the other attendees of the party might be scared to go to police because they fear the consequences.
‘I think a lot of them were scared to talk,’ she said.
‘They were engaging in illegal activity in the woods, it’s like this Lord of the Flies space where they can just be.’
Lindsey Rodni-Nieman, the teen’s mother, pleaded in an online video shared by authorities for anyone with information to come forward.
‘We just want her home,’ Rodni-Nieman said.
‘We’re so scared, and we miss her so much.’