The body and vehicle of Kiely Rodni, the 16-year-old girl who disappeared in early August and was last seen at a party near Truckee, California, was most likely found in a tank, authorities announced on Monday.
At a Monday morning news conference in Truckee, Nevada County Sheriff Shannan Moon said her agency was notified late Sunday 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 where Kiely was last seen.
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3:36 p.m. August 23, 2022A previous version of this article misspelled Nevada County Sheriff Shannan Moon’s first name as Shannon.
“Last night we received information about the recovery of a vehicle we were looking for, and it was located inside Prosser Lake,” Moon said. “It was located in a search area that we had been looking for from the very beginning of our operation.”
The vehicle, which was upside down in 14 feet of water, was discovered by an Oregon dive team that specializes in searching for missing people and property.
The diving team, Adventures With Purpose, announced on Facebook at around 2.30pm on Sunday: ‘WE JUST FOUND KIELY RODNI… The car is upside down in just 14ft of water. We’ve CONFIRMED that Kiely is inside.
The group wrote that Kiely’s family had been notified and video of the vehicle pulled out of the water had been posted online.
During Monday’s press conference, Moon told reporters that the sheriff’s office had not positively identified the body as the missing teenager’s, although it was “more than likely” that it was found. act of her.
“This is still an active investigation,” Moon said, “and I understand that we will continue to receive many questions regarding our investigation, and will post what we can.”
Capt. Sam Brown of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office said no official agency had asked Adventures With Purpose to help with the search. The team expressed interest online to help, and the Placer County Sheriff’s Office coordinated with the group, he said.
Brown could not explain why official agencies could not find the vehicle, but noted that the search, which took more than 15,000 hours of work,
“Eliminated a lot of areas that we would still be looking into if we didn’t have all the great people there.”
Brown said the vehicle being upside down in the water complicated the search process.
Lt. Josh Elhers, deputy chief of the California Highway Patrol’s Valley Division, confirmed that the CHP was investigating the fatal crashes and that the vehicle had been taken by the FBI.
Kiely disappeared in the early morning hours of August 6 after attending a party near the Prosser family campground in the Tahoe National Forest.
Los Angeles Times