Missing teen Kiely Rodni’s body ‘more than likely’ found in California reservoir

The body and vehicle of Kiely Rodni, the 16-year-old girl who went missing in early August and was last sighted at a party near Truckee, were most likely found in a reservoir, authorities said Monday.

At a news conference Monday morning in Truckee, Nevada County, Sheriff Shannon Moon said her agency was notified Sunday night that a vehicle matching the description of Kiely’s 2013 Honda CRV was found in Prosser Lake with a deceased person inside , just five miles north of Kiely was last seen.

“Last night we received some information regarding the recovery of a vehicle we were looking for and it was in Prosser Lake,” Moon said. “It was within a search zone that we had been searching since the beginning of our operation.”

The car, lying upside down in 14 feet of water, was discovered by an Oregon dive team that specializes in finding missing people and property.

Dive team Adventures With Purpose announced on Facebook Sunday around 2:30 p.m.: “WE JUST FOUND KIELY RODNI… Car is upside down in just 14 feet of water. We have CONFIRMED Kiely is inside.”

The group wrote that Kiely’s family had been notified and video footage of the car being pulled out of the water had been posted online.

At Monday’s news conference, Moon told reporters that the sheriff’s office had not positively identified the body as the missing teenager, although it was “more than likely” that she was.

“It is still an active investigation,” Moon said, “and I understand that we will continue to receive many questions about our investigation and we will release what we can.”

Captain Sam Brown of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office said no official agency has asked Adventures With Purpose to help with the search. The team expressed interest online in helping, and the Placer County Sheriff’s Office was coordinating with the group, he said.

Brown could not explain why officials could not locate the vehicle, but noted that the search, which took more than 15,000 man-hours,
“We’ve eliminated a lot of areas that we would still be looking at if we didn’t have all the great people out there.”

Brown said the vehicle, lying upside down in the water, complicated the search process.

Lt. Josh Elhers, deputy chief of the California Highway Patrol Valley Division, confirmed that the CHP is conducting a fatal traffic investigation and that Kiely’s vehicle was impounded by the FBI.

Kiely went missing in the early hours of August 6 after attending a party near the Prosser family’s campground in the Tahoe National Forest.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-08-22/kiely-rodni-body-car-found-prosser-lake Missing teen Kiely Rodni’s body ‘more than likely’ found in California reservoir

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