Adventures With Purpose: All about dive team who found missing California girl Kiely Rodni

The YouTube-famous dive team, posted on Facebook saying that they found a vehicle with a body inside in 14 feet of water

Adventures With Purpose: All about dive team who found missing California girl Kiely Rodni
Adventures With Purpose announced that its group of search-and-rescue divers had located the body of Kiely Rodni (Placer County Sheriff's Office and Screenshot/New York Post)
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TRUCKEE, CALIFORNIA: As reported by MEAWW, the search for the 16-year-old girl, Kiely Rodni, who went missing on August 6 around 12.30 am and was last spotted driving away from a party at the Prosser Family Campground, Truckee, in her 2013 silver Honda CRV, might have come to an end. Divers searching for the missing girl said they have found a body inside an upside-down car under 14 feet of water. 

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The divers reportedly belong to a famous search and rescue dive team, Adventures With Purpose, which volunteered in the hunt for the missing teenager, and claimed they found her on Sunday, August 21. In a Facebook post, they claimed that Kiely is confirmed to be inside a vehicle, adding that the family has been notified and that law enforcement is on their way. The girl was found in Prosser Lake.

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What is Adventures With Purpose?

According to their website, Adventures With Purpose or AWP is a Search and Recovery Dive Team dedicated to helping families of missing loved ones. As of now, the team has been able to solve 23 Missing Person Cold Cases since 2019, and they also provide answers to families looking for their lost loved ones. The group also has an Instagram page, Facebook page, and a YouTube channel where they began making videos in 2018 and has 2.42 million subscribers. Adventures With Purpose has 1.4 million followers on its Facebook page, and 126,000 followers on Instagram. The group’s Youtube playlists show a variety of videos on missing persons and solved cases, underwater treasure hunting, finding missing boats, stolen cars, and firearms. The videos can range anywhere from a few minutes to over an hour.

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How is AWP funded?

The group generates its revenue from the videos that they post on YouTube and Facebook. The website says, "We like to be transparent in our efforts and how you can help. Simply by watching our videos on YouTube and Facebook, when you see an ad on the video, we receive on average $0.005 (half a cent) which helps support our efforts to find missing loved ones and clean up the environment. So please... do let the ads play. Commenting, Liking, Sharing and Subscribing all help the algorithm as well, so please don't be shy. Of course, any merchandise sales or donations really help, allowing us to purchase new gear, put fuel in the tank, and help more families. Because of your support, We Don't Charge Families for our time to serve in helping them locate their lost loved ones. You being a part of the AWP family is what makes this all possible. THANK YOU!"

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AWP's YouTube videos

A typical video shows a team of divers explaining the case, photos of the missing person, and news clips are edited in for context. The divers will narrate the research they’ve completed before heading to the site they want to search. Videos include interviews with law enforcement to ensure the group has accurate information. Sometimes, the police agencies are presented with new information that AWP divers have found during their search.

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For how long was AWP searching for Kiely Rodni?

Host Doug Bishop said in a video on August 16, that they would leave for California from their home base in Oregon to join the search. It came the same day law enforcement officials indicated they would be scaling back search resources. In an Instagram post on the 19th, it was announced that they were in Truckee and would start looking for Rodni. The volunteer divers and their specialized equipment arrived and began searching the waters at Prosser Creek Reservoir on Saturday, Fox 40 reported. The group had been searching for about two days in the area around the Prosser Family Campground, located within Tahoe National Forest.

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Why is AWP famous?

The group’s most-watched video chronicled their discovery of Ethan Kazmerzak, a 22-year-old who had been missing for seven years in Hampton, Iowa. It was considered AWP’s first high-profile find. A month after the discovery, the dive team said it was owed the $100,000 reward in connection with the case and had threatened to sue, according to the Des Moines Register. It’s not known if a lawsuit was filed in the matter. 

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