Kiely Rodni: Truckee Police to wind down search for missing teen after 11 days

Investigators plan to narrow the search for Kiely Rodni as 11 days have passed since she was last seen at a campground party in Truckee, California – and there are still no signs of the 16-year-old girl or her missing car.

Capt. Sam Brown of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office announced at a press conference on Monday that the search would become “more limited” and move more into a “substantive investigative” phase starting next week.

“We are entering a more limited but ongoing search and rescue effort. We’ve put a ton of resources into this goal and I think to date we’ve put in over 9,000 hours of research work, which is pretty astronomical,” he said.

“Our biggest issue is where are we going and how do we continue to maintain that? And so we have plans that have continued…but we’re going to have to switch modes and focus on finishing the investigation and trying to figure out where we’re going from there?

Lt. Josh Barnhart of the Placer County Sheriff’s Office added that investigators will “step on the pedal” for one more week before the case becomes more “task force type.”

“I’d like to say we’re putting the pedal down, we’re continuing to work this week and after this week we’ll change things to a working group style,” he said.

“That means our resources will continue to move forward, but in a somewhat different way.”

He added: “This does not mean that the investigation will stop. He will keep moving forward. »

Captain Brown said he still wants “all eyes and ears” on the hunt for Kiely and suggested hunters be on the lookout for signs of the missing teenager as hunting season begins soon.

“We still want all eyes and ears to be there. We are entering hunting season. We hope to have eyes everywhere and we will continue to exert all our efforts as a unified command,” he said.

“Obviously our search for Kiely is ongoing and we will try to do our best to move things forward in a positive way and try to find clues and an idea of ​​where we need to go.”

More than 200 law enforcement personnel from multiple law enforcement agencies remained on the case Monday, with search and rescue teams continuing to comb the area by air and ground.

Water search efforts appeared to have been curtailed without dive teams that day – although officials revealed Kiely’s phone last rang near a large lake around the campground .

The 16-year-old was last seen between 12:30 a.m. and 1 a.m. on Saturday August 6 at a party of 200-300 teenagers and young adults at Prosser Family Campground.

Kiely Rodni in surveillance footage at a Truckee business on the evening of August 5


On Sunday, officials revealed the last known location of Kiely’s cellphone was around 12:30 p.m. near Lake Prosser — the constructed reservoir that circles the campground.

Captain Brown said it was difficult to get an “exact point” for the cellphone’s location data and it was also possible that the cellphone would continue to ping past this time.

“The ping for the data points was near water. It’s hard to tell an exact point,” he said.

“Just because it last pinged there doesn’t mean that’s when the phone stopped pinging. There are many reasons why those notifications or data points could be lost.”

Divers searched the lake for signs of the 16-year-old’s disappearance, but found nothing.

However, the search is complicated by water depths of up to 57ft and poor visibility, Captain Brown admitted.

“A diving operation like this is almost like going into the water blind and basically searching with your hands,” he said.

“Because once you start maneuvering on the ground, it’s like going through mud. These are difficult operations.

Kiely Rodni’s car has a ram sticker under the rear wiper blade

(Placer County Sheriff’s Office)

Investigators shared a new photo of Kiely’s vehicle on Monday, detailing that it has a ram sticker under the rear wiper blade and California license plate number 8YUR127. Members of the public are urged to contact authorities if they spot a 2013 Honda CR-V with the same sticker.

On Sunday, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office announced that investigators discovered footage of the 16-year-old at the party on the evening of Aug. 5.

In the pictures, she’s wearing a white hoodie covered with the phrase “odd future” in pink lettering.

It’s unclear whether Kiely was wearing or still in possession of the sweatshirt when she disappeared, but officials are sharing the image in hopes it can jog the memory of other partygoers.

This is the second sweatshirt the public has been alerted to about the missing teenager.

Kiely also borrowed a dark hoodie with Lana Del Rey’s lyrics “you don’t wanna be forgotten, you just wanna disappear” from someone at the party.

Placer County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Angela Musallam confirmed on Monday that they did not have any footage or video of Kiely in the dark hoodie, but believed she was in possession of it.” at some point during that evening”.

CCTV footage, taken at a Truckee business around six hours before she disappeared, also shows the teenager was wearing a black spaghetti strap bodysuit, green Dickies pants with a black eyelet belt and black Vans that night .

Kiely Rodni was seen wearing this hoodie in footage from the party


Law enforcement officials have also urged the public to search for a chain of gold necklaces that Kiely allegedly wore when she disappeared.

Investigators and members of Kiely’s family have repeatedly urged anyone who attended the party and saw Kiely to come forward — no matter how insignificant they think the information may be.

Police have repeatedly said they are not interested in investigating the teenage drinking or partying, but just want to bring the 16-year-old home.

More than 1,100 pieces of information sent in by the public, but investigators still haven’t been able to piece together Kiely’s movements after around 12:30 p.m. that day.

The teenager’s mother, Lindsey Rodni-Nieman, said The Independent last week his daughter sent him a final text at 11:30 p.m. saying she would be leaving the party in about 45 minutes. The return trip takes about 25 to 30 minutes.

“She said she would be leaving at 12:15 p.m. and would start going home,” Ms Rodni-Nieman said.

That was the last time she heard from her daughter. She woke up the next morning to find that Kiely had never come home.

Ms Rodni-Nieman said it would be strange if her daughter let her phone die, adding that she always keeps a charger in her car.

Kiely’s friend Samantha Smith said The Independent that she last spoke to Kiely on the phone around 12:30 p.m. She had planned to drive home after the party with Kiely, but there was a change in plans because she said Kiely had been drinking and therefore was unable to drive.

Instead, the two friends said to each other “I love you, good night, come home safe,” she said.

One theory being investigated is that Kiely was abducted because her car – a silver 2013 Honda CRV – also went missing.

Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to call the Placer County Sheriff’s Office at 530-581-6320 and choose option 7. Tips can also be emailed to [email protected] and files, including images, can be downloaded from the Placer Sheriff’s Office here.

Brandon D. James