California officials discuss search for Kiely Rodni
The desperate search for missing teen Kiely Rodni who disappeared after a party at a California campground has entered its fourth day.
Kiely, 16, was last seen around 12.30am on 6 August near the Prosser Family Campground in Truckee, where she attended an allegedly alcohol-fuelled gathering of more than 100 teens and young adults.
An investigation was launched by the Placer County Sheriff’s Office the next morning after Kiely failed to show up for a hike with friends and no one could get in contact with her.
The case is being treated as an abduction because Kiely’s car is also unaccounted for. More than 260 personnel have been assigned to canvass the area on the ground and in the air as they plead for anyone with information to come forward.
On Tuesday, investigators released a new photo of Kiely taken by a surveillance camera inside a store roughly six hours before she vanished.
It came after the teen’s friend recounted her last known phone call to The Independent, saying she was too intoxicated to have left the party herself.
The hunt for Kiely Rodni continues with little new evidence
The investigation into the disappearance of Northern California teen Kiely Rodni has made little progress, despite numerous different police and government agencies joining the search in recent days.
Investigators said during a press conference on Wednesday they hadn’t discovered any new clues as to Ms Rodni’s whereabouts.
A surveillance photo from a Truckee, California, business showing her earlier in the night of her disappearance remains the only solid piece of evidence they have.
“It’s hard to look somebody in the face and tell them you don’t have those answers,” Nevada County sheriff’s captain Sam Brown said during the briefing.
He said police have used dirt bikes, search dogs, and ground-based teams to search the roads near Ms Rodni’s home, to little avail.
“We believe that someone knows,” he added of the teen’s fate. “Someone saw her but they’re not coming forward.”
Josh Marcus10 August 2022 22:26
Police say they have no “new leads” in Kiely Rodni case
Police don’t have any new leads in the Kiely Rodni case, Josh Barnhart of the Placer County Sheriff’s Office said during a press conference on Wednesday.
“We do not have any new leads, and that I can tell you is very frustrating for us,” he said.
That’s even though nearly 50 FBI agents, as well as numerous other law enforcement agents from the state and local level, are working on the case.
Police have used everything from trained dogs to local surveillance video to build a picture of what happened to the missing teen.
Officials are currently addressing the public about the case. Watch live here via the Reno Gazette Journal.
Josh Marcus10 August 2022 22:09
More than $30,000 raised on GoFundMe
Although a $50,000 reward is being offered for leads that help find Kiely, friends of the teenager have also created a GoFundMe page to increase the reward.
More than $30,000 has been raised as of Wednesday afternoon.
“With the consent of Kiely’s parents, I am starting this gofundme to help increase the reward for her return. We hope this will encourage more people to come forward with any information that can help bring this sweet girl home,” the organizer, Amie Quirarte, wrote in the description of the fundraiser.
Andrea Blanco10 August 2022 22:05
Family and friends say Kiley is not a runaway
Kieley’s mom told ABC all of her daughter’s belongings remained in her room and that “it was already so out of character” for her to not call.
Kiely’s friend, Samantha, also told The Independent on Monday that she didn’t think Kiely had run away.
“She would have kept her phone and stayed in contact with one of us … She wouldn’t do this to her mom,” Samantha said.
Andrea Blanco10 August 2022 21:45
A press conference will be held on Wednesday
The presser is scheduled at 2pm PT at the Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District in Truckee.
The Placer County Sheriff’s Office also announced a separate community update at 5.30pm.
Andrea Blanco10 August 2022 21:25
Police is investigating Kiely’s disappearance as a possible abduction but an Amber alert has not been issued
Although authorities have found no evidence of foul play, the incident is being treated as an abduction because her vehicle is also missing and so the department can use more resources on the investigation.
“Because we don’t know, we just have that timeline, we are considering everything,” Scott Alford, a Placer County Sheriff’s detective, said during a press conference on Tuesday.
An amber alert was not issued after Kiely vanished. CHP Truckee said the alert has not been issued because it has not received confirmation of an abduction, KCRA reported.
Andrea Blanco10 August 2022 21:05
The senior farewell party grew bigger than expected
The gathering at the Prosser Family Campground had more than 100 teenagers and young adults, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office said.
It initially was planned as a local senior farewell party but teenagers and college students from the Bay area eventually arrived also, Kiely’s friend, Samantha Smith, told The Independent.
“I knew it was a big party but it was supposed to be just the community …The party started to grow past the [number] of people that were supposed to be there,” Samantha said.
“There were college kids and people from the Bay area coming and I got a bad feeling about it but didn’t really think much of it.”
Andrea Blanco10 August 2022 20:45
Eight law enforcement agencies assist the search
The Placer Sheriff’s Office has received more than 300 tips as of Wednesday.
The agencies joining the investigation are: California Highway Patrol, FBI, Homeland Security, Truckee Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Washoe Sheriff’s Office, California Central Intelligence Center and the Placer County OES.
Andrea Blanco10 August 2022 20:25
Kiely’s last text to her mother
Kiely’s mother told ABC News that her daughter texted her around right before midnight on Friday and said she was going to leave the party in about 45 minutes.
“I told her to be safe and that I loved her. And she said, ‘OK, mom, I love you, too,’” Ms Rodni-Nieman told ABC. “She never came home.”
Ms Rodni-Nieman said that when she woke up on Saturday, she tried to get in contact with her daughter to no avail.
“I called her and sent her texts, too, and she didn’t answer,” she said. “That’s when I knew something was wrong.”
Andrea Blanco10 August 2022 20:05
Gwyneth Paltrow joins the search
The actress used her social media following to increase awareness around the search by sharing a flyer with her more than eight million followers on her Instagram story.
The image had information about Kiely’s last whereabouts, car model and description, and the reward offered for tips that led to Kiely.
Andrea Blanco10 August 2022 19:45