Kiely Rodni Story: Updates on the Missing Teen

Kiely Rodni, 16, disappeared in the early morning of August 6th after attending a party at the Prosser Family Campgrounds, just outside Truckee, a mountain town 35 miles west of Reno. She is described as white, 5’7” tall, and 115 pounds with blonde hair and hazel eyes. 

She has numerous piercings and jewelry, including a nose ring, and was last seen wearing green Dickies pants and a black tank top. Rodni is also an honors student who graduated from a Truckee charter high school in June.

Kiely Rodni was last seen at a party in the early hours of August 6th

Kiely was last seen by friends at the party at about 12:30 a.m. Police said there has been no sign of Kiely or her silver 2013 Honda CRV after her phone last pinged at 12:33 a.m. on August 6th.

After a two-week search for the girl seemed to bear no fruits, a recent development has shed light on the situation. Volunteer divers said Sunday they believe they found the vehicle and body of Kiely. 

Adventures With Purpose, a volunteer group that describes itself as a search and recovery dive team dedicated to helping families of missing loved ones, said on Sunday afternoon that it had confirmed the body found in Prosser Lake belonged to the vanished 16-year-old. 

We just found Kiely Rodni,” said the group on its Facebook page, adding a prayer emoji and a crying face emoji. “Car is upside down in only 14’ of water. We have CONFIRMED Kiely is inside. Family notified, law enforcement on their way.”

Authorities haven’t verified whether the body found belongs to Rodni

Authorities did verify that a body had been found but did not confirm the identity of the same. The group, which has millions of followers on its social media pages, started searching for the teenage girl after the police could not make any progress in tracing the whereabouts of Kiely for over a week.

The police stated that they had struggled to find witnesses from the party to help with the search, which hindered the search and rescue mission. Most of the 200 to 300 attendees were reluctant to talk to the police due to fear of being in legal trouble after coming forward. 

“People aren’t talking to us,” Placer County sheriff’s office public information officer Angela Musallam told the New York Post last week.

In addition, other efforts that contributed to the search included multiple searches at Prosser Reservoir in the water, air, and on foot by hundreds of law enforcement agents, including the FBI. 

Volunteers have also been searching Prosser and nearby Boca and Stampede reservoirs. Hundreds of missing posters have been hung in English and Spanish in Reno and around Lake Tahoe.  

As a result of the news by the volunteer diver group, the Placer County Sherriff’s Office, through a Facebook post, stated that the situation is developing.

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