Crime It’s been two weeks since Kiely Rodni went missing. Here’s what we know
Kiely Rodni Disappearance: Thousands Raised After Teen Vanishes From Party
The Placer County, California, Sheriff's Office says it is investigating the disappearance "as an abduction because we have not yet located her vehicle."Kiely Rodni was last seen near the Prosser Family Campground in Truckee, California, at around 12:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 6, where she was attending a party with more than 100 teens and young adults.
After 11 days, authorities have yet to find Kiely Rodni, the California teen that went missing on Aug. 6 just north of Lake Tahoe. New information has been presented for the case, as well as over 1,200 tips given to authorities to find the 16-year-old.
Rodni first went missing on Saturday, Aug. 6, and was last seen at the Prosser Family Campground in Truckee, California. Rodni had attended an end-of-school party at the campground with over 100 other young adults in attendance, and was last seen around 12:30 a.m., according to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office.
Mom of Missing Teen Kiely Rodni, 16, Shares Their Last Conversation: 'I Knew Something Was Wrong'
Kiely Rodni, 16, of California was last seen at about 12:30 a.m. on Saturday while at a party near the Prosser Family Campground , about 10 miles north of Truckee. Police say Kiely's phone hasn't been on since she left the party, and investigators have been unable to track down her silver 2013 Honda CRV, which bears California license plate 8YUR127. RELATED: 16-Year-Old Calif. Girl Vanished After Attending Party at Campground, Police Treating It as Abduction Now, her mom Lindsey Rodni-Nieman is sharing the last message she received from her daughter.
According to the, Rodni is 5’7”, with blonde hair and hazel eyes. She was wearing a black tank top and green Dickies pants, with jewelry and piercings. The sheriff’s office of the two sweatshirts she wore that night. One of the sweatshirts had words from a Lana Del Ray song across the front: “You don’t want to be forgotten, you just want to disappear.”
Rodni’s silver 2013 Honda CRV — identifiable by California license plates and a sticker of a ram below the rear wiper blade — has also been missing since Aug. 6.
Although authorities are not ruling out the possibility of an abduction, “right now we don’t have any evidence that supports an abduction,” Placer County Sgt. Scott Alford said last week, per.
Authorities urge people to come forward in search for missing teen
Kiely Rodni was last seen at around 12:30 a.m. Saturday near the Prosser Family Campground in the small town of Truckee, authorities said. "We're trying to find out exactly what happened. We believe someone knows, but they are not coming forward," Placer County Sheriff Lt. Josh Barnhart told reporters during a briefing Wednesday afternoon.
Both Rodni’s boyfriend and best friend had heard from her on Aug. 5, and toldthat she hadn’t been acting strangely. She had spent the afternoon with her best friend before the party, and had exchanged texts with her boyfriend while at the campground. Rodni’s mother, , revealed that she had received a text from her daughter that night, claiming she would be headed “straight home” in 45 minutes, according to the .
Samantha Smith, another friend of Rodni, claimed to have spoken with her at the campground before her disappearance. Smith told thethat while she had originally planned to ride home with Rodni after the party, she changed her mind when she saw that Rodni was heavily intoxicated. Smith claims that after saying goodbye to her friend at around 12:25am, Rodni had called her while she was riding home with a friend.
“She was in no state to drive and she wouldn’t have made it far or would have crashed,” Smith said.
Kiely Rodni missing: Couple who disappeared nearby on same day found dead
Janette Pantoja and Juan Almanza Zavala, who went missing on the same day as Kiely Rodni, were found dead near where the 16-year-old was last seen in California.The bodies of Janette 'JJ' Pantoja, 29, and her ex-boyfriend Juan Almanza Zavala, 36, were found Wednesday outside of a vehicle that had crashed down an embankment in Nevada County, California, the Nevada County Sheriff's Department confirmed.
Authorities said that Rodni’s phone pinged for the last time at about 12:30 a.m. near Prosser Lake, the man-made reservoir that surrounds the campground.
“The ping for the data points was near the water. It’s hard to tell an exact pinpoint,” Captain Sam Brown said at aon Saturday. “Just because it was last pinged there, that doesn’t mean that’s where the phone stopped pinging. There’s lots of reasons why those notifications or data points could be lost.”
Friends and family members have been searching for the teen, as well as members of the FBI,reports. The Prosser area has since been swept by search teams on foot, overhead and a dive team in Prosser Lake. Captain Brown said that divers were going “into the water blind,” as the lowest point of the lake was 57 feet deep and visibility was exceptionally low.
Police have received over 1,200 tips related to the disappearance of Rodni, including video from the party at the campground. In addition, thereports that new video footage from a local business shows Rodni five hours before she would disappear on the Aug. 5, and authorities investigated a tip pointing to a potential “burial site,” only to find remains of a dog.
Captain Sam Brown of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office announced to the public on Monday that authorities would begin scaling back search efforts next week, according to the.
Investigators are still urging those in attendance at the party to come forward with any information, specifically witnesses who saw Rodni leave the party on Aug. 6, and a $50,000 reward is being offered to anyone with information on Rodni’s whereabouts. Tips or photo/video evidence can be submitted to acreated by the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, or by calling the designated tip line for the case at 530-581-6320.
Body found in California reservoir is missing 16-year-old Kiely Rodni, autopsy confirms .
The 16-year-old had disappeared after going to a party with dozens of other kids her age.On Monday, Nevada County Sheriff Shannan Moon said in a press conference that the car found by a volunteer dive group on Sunday was Rodni's, and said it was discovered in an area that authorities had been searching from the beginning of the investigation. Moon said officials believed the body in the vehicle was Rodni's, but they were waiting for confirmation from the autopsy.