California authorities believe the body found in a vehicle submerged in a tank is that of missing teenager Kiely Rodni, the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office said Monday at a news conference.
Authorities earlier confirmed the body was found in a vehicle matching the description of the SUV Rodni was driving, authorities told ABC News on Monday. The sheriff’s office said it expects to have official confirmation soon that the body belongs to Rodni.
The lake where the car was found was within the search radius, where law enforcement had been searching since the very beginning of the operation, and officials said they searched the water before.
The lake had been searched with sonar and divers, but expertise and high-end equipment provided by Adventures With Purpose, an independent group that located the vehicle on Sunday, enabled them to make the find.
Rodni, 16, was last seen Aug. 6 at around 12:30 p.m. local time near the Prosser family campground in the small town of Truckee, Calif., about 20 miles north of Lake Tahoe.
According to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, which led the search and investigation.
The vehicle, which was pulled from the water overnight, matches the description of Rodni’s SUV, a spokesperson for the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, which is involved in the investigation, confirmed to ABC News.
Authorities are expected to hold a press conference at 11 a.m. local time. Rodni’s family declined to comment on the investigation pending communication from authorities, according to a statement provided to Sacramento ABC affiliate KXTV.
Rodni’s cell phone had been out of service since his disappearance.
“His cell phone broke down and became virtually untraceable shortly thereafter,” Angela Musallam, public information officer for the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, told ABC News in an interview that aired on Tuesday. August 9 on “Good Morning America”.
Last week, authorities said they were conducting sex offender compliance sweeps as part of their search for Rodni.
Rodni’s mother, Lindsey Rodni-Nieman, told “Good Morning America in an interview” on Aug. 8 that the last text she received from her daughter said she planned to leave the party in about 45 minutes and that she would come “straight home”. .”
After her disappearance, Rodni was added to the FBI’s missing persons database.
ABC News’ Nadine El-Bawab, Marilyn Heck, Alex Stone and Morgan Winsor contributed to this report.