Eerie twist in Kiely Rodni missing case as it's revealed two others vanished nearby on same day

According to a spokesperson for the Yuba City Police Department, police don’t have any evidence that would suggest that both the cases are connected

Eerie twist in Kiely Rodni missing case as it's revealed two others vanished nearby on same day
Janette Pantoja and Juan Almanza Zavala (R); and Kiley Rodni disappeared around the same time (Facebook/Yuba City Police Department/Twitter @PlacerSheriff)
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TRUCKEE, CALIFORNIA: A woman and her ex-boyfriend went missing from a road trip to Reno, Nevada, about 35 miles away from where search operations were going on for Kiely Rodni, who had disappeared a day earlier.

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Janette "JJ" Pantoja, 29, and Juan Almanza Zavala, 36, attended the Hot August Nights car show on August 7. The duo had broken up years ago but remained cordial with each other, Janette's sister Alejandra said. Janette texted her current boyfriend that she would arrive in 30 minutes on August 6 at 11 pm.

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Alejandra told Fox News Digital that Janette's boyfriend received a message which said she had stopped sharing her location. Alejandra said, "She just never communicated anything other than that," adding, "She’s not like that."

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The former couple used to frequently go out to dinner and events together, and the Yuba City police said their phones last showed their location in Nevada County. Janette and Juan were going back home from Reno, Nevada, to Yuba City in California. Reno is about 35 miles northwest of the Prosser Family Campground where 16-year-old Rodni was last seen about 23 hours earlier.

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According to a spokesperson for the Yuba City Police Department, police don’t have any evidence that would suggest that both the cases are connected. Janette and Juan are believed to have been driving the latter’s blue 2002 Ford Explorer SUV, with license plate 4SNS072.

Meanwhile, Alejandra Pantoja thinks the authorities are not cooperating enough on her sister's case. She said, "I thought police were pretty rude," adding, "I called them today because I wanted to know about my sister, and they were like we can’t keep in contact with you every day."

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Alejandra continued, "They’ve been telling us they were going to send an aerial search and they haven’t done that." She said, "I just feel like if something happened to them, or if he did something to her, they’re just giving (suspects) time to run."

She added, "How is it that they’re doing a big deal for her(Kiely Rodni) but not making a big deal for our family member? It’s not OK."

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Rodni went missing on Saturday, August 6, at around 1:30 am, after she left the campground after attending a "large party that night, alongside more than 100 young adults." The police informed that her 2013 silver Honda CRV with California tag 8YUR127, is also missing. 

Anyone with information on Janette and Juan’s whereabouts is asked to call Yuba City police at 530-822-4661. 

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Anyone with information on Kiely’s whereabouts is asked to call the Placer County Sheriff’s Office’s dedicated tip line at 530-581-6320.

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