A desperate search continues for 16-year-old Kiely Rodni, who disappeared from a party at a northern California campsite on August 5.
Kiely was last seen around 12:30 a.m. Saturday near Prosser Family Campground in Truckee, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office said.
She is described as Caucasian, 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.
The FBI, California Highway Patrol, and several other local law enforcement agencies joined the Placer Sheriff’s Office in the search for Kiley. Hundreds of investigators and K-9 units are searching for Kiely, but no leads have emerged that could indicate what happened to her after the party.
Police have asked anyone with information to contact Detective Stephanie Frykberg at (530) 392-5609, call the anonymous tip line at (530) 581-6320 or email Sheriff_TahoeInvest@placer.ca .gov.
Here’s what we know so far about Kiely’s disappearance:
Kiley was last seen at a fire party
According to police, the party at Prosser Family Campground in Truckee was attended by more than 200 teenagers and young adults.
They suspect that underage drinking took place. The Placer County Sheriff’s Office said it did not want to charge the teens with drinking at the party and had begged them to provide any information that could help locate Kiely.
“We don’t care [investigating teenage drinking]we just want to find Kiely,” said public information officer Angela Musullam The Independent.
On Tuesday, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office released a new photo of Kiely taken by surveillance cameras at a Truckee property about six hours before she was last seen. In the photo, Kiely wears a black lace-up bodysuit, green Dickies pants with a black grommet belt, and black Vans shoes.
Kiely Rodni was seen on surveillance footage about six hours before she disappeared on August 6
Kiely arrived at the party around 9:45 p.m. Friday, her friend Samantha Smith said The Independent in Monday. Kiely called her around 12:36 a.m., which was the last time she called, Samantha said.
She is then seen wandering around the party before disappearing. Police confirm The Independent that Kiely’s phone was turned off shortly after midnight.
The teenager was supposed to meet friends at 9am on Saturday morning for a hike but didn’t show up.
Last phone ping put Kiely at the lakeside
The final ping from Kiely Rodni’s cell phone placed the missing teenager by the lakeside at the campsite where she was last seen more than a week ago.
Captain Sam Brown of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office revealed during a press conference on Sunday that the last known location from Kiely’s cell phone was around 12:30 a.m. near Prosser Lake – the reservoir was built. built around Prosser Family Campground.
He said that it is difficult to get an “accurate score” for mobile phone location data and it is also possible that the mobile phone has continued to ping after that time.
“Just because it was last pinged there, it doesn’t mean that’s where the phone stopped pinging,” he said.
“Ping for data points near the water. It is difficult to say an exact point”.
Divers have been looking for any sign of the missing 16-year-old on the lake but have found nothing so far.
Kiely was wearing a sweater that read ‘strange future’ the night she disappeared, police say
The Placer County Sheriff’s Office revealed Sunday that the 16-year-old was discovered in the footage on the evening of August 5 at the Prosser Family Campground in Truckee, California.
In the clip, she’s wearing a white hoodie covered with the phrase “strange future” in pink letters.
It is unclear whether Kiely was wearing or in possession of the sweater when she was last seen around 12:30 a.m. the next morning.
However, this is the second sweater the public has been alerted to in connection with the missing teen after investigators previously revealed she had borrowed a hoodie with lyrics by Lana Del Ray. “you don’t want to be forgotten, you just want to disappear” from someone at the party.
Kiely’s last contact
Kiely’s mother, Lindsey Nieman-Rodni, told ABC News on Tuesday that her daughter texted her around midnight and said she would be leaving the party in about 45 minutes.
“I told her to be safe and I love her. And she said, ‘OK, mom, I love you too,'” Ms. Rodni-Nieman told ABC. “She never came home.”
Samantha said her last contact with Kiely was at 12:36 a.m., about 20 minutes after she told her mother she would be on her way home.
Kiely’s boyfriend, Jagger Westfall, said he texted Kiely before she arrived at the party and told her: “Be safe. If you don’t like it, do something stupid.”
Jagger also confides in Kiely about his day, receiving his last text from her around 10:30pm where she empathizes with what he’s been through.
“Then at 10:30, she responded to what I was saying and just said, ‘Oh, I’m sorry you’re going through that,'” he said. “And that was the last time I heard from her.”
‘She’s in no state to drive’
Kiely’s friend Samantha, who was also at the party, said that Kiely wasn’t planning on driving home.
“Right now we believe it’s a kidnapping, because she’s not in a driving state and she’s not going to get far or she’s going to crash,” she said. The Independent in Monday.
Police ask for help from the public
Kiely’s disappearance is being investigated by authorities as a possible kidnapping as her car went missing with the teenager. She is driving a silver 2013 Honda CRV. Her phone has also been down since Saturday.
“We consider this a kidnapping because we were unable to locate her vehicle, and that’s the only reason why,” said Placer Sheriff’s Office public information officer. Angela Musallam says The Independent.
Authorities provided an update on the search during a press conference Wednesday, sharing frustration at the lack of progress.
“We don’t have any new leads and I can tell you we’re frustrated,” said Josh Barnhart of the Placer County Sheriff’s Office.
Calling on anyone to provide any form of information, Sam Brown, captain of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, said: “We believe someone knows. Someone saw her but they didn’t come forward.”
Police have also made a major effort to identify video evidence that could further hint at what happened. Investigators were in possession of clips from Ring businesses, surveillance cameras and home security systems.
More than 1,200 have been received from the public
Investigators have received more than 1,200 tips from the public about Kiely’s disappearance– but can’t seem to find the missing teen any closer.
The search entered its 10th day on Monday with a massive workforce including 307 law enforcement officers, three air force teams and two dive/diving teams all drafted to help.
In total, officials spent 12,438 hours trying to find the boy.
Despite much advice, law enforcement officials and Kiely’s family are urging those who saw her at the party to come and share what they know.
Family begs for help
Kiely’s mother, Lindsay Rodni, appealed to the public to move on in a video shared on a Facebook post by the Placer County Sheriff’s Office.
“We just want her to have a home. We are very scared. We miss her so much and love her so much. If you see this, please just go home. I want nothing more than to hug you,” Ms. Rodni said.
“If you know where she is or know anything about where she might be, please come forward. We are not looking to arrest anyone or cause trouble for anyone, we just want to see our daughter come home.”
Police are offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to Kiely’s find. The teen’s friends have also started GoFundMe to increase rewards. More than $53,000 was raised as of Monday afternoon.