'Just like Lord of the Flies': Video footage shows CHAOS at party missing Kiely Rodni attended
'They were engaging in illegal activity in the woods, it's like this Lord of the Flies space where they can just be,' said the missing teen's best friend
TRUCKEE, CALIFORNIA: New details have emerged in the case of Kiely Rodni, the 16-year-old who unexpectedly vanished on Saturday, August 6, while she was returning home from a party in the woods. Friends of the missing California girl stated that the end-of-school party was rife with unlawful conduct and compared it to the 'Lord of the Flies' movie.
Rodni was last seen in the open woods area next to the Prosser Family Campground. She had just left the party before she disappeared and police suspect she might have been carrying a hoodie with her at the time.The party was attended by more than 100 juveniles and young adults.
Her silver Honda CRV has not been located and her phone has been unreachable since she left the party. Sami Smith, Rodni's friend, who attended the party with her, sent a video to The Sun that showed a bunch of teenagers gathered at the campsite with what appeared to be alcohol bottles all over the place.
In an attempt to persuade them to come forward with any pertinent information on the teen's disappearance, the neighborhood has begun hosting teen-to-teen conversations without adults, including police officials. "I think a lot of them were scared to talk,' Smith said. "They were engaging in illegal activity in the woods, it's like this Lord of the Flies space where they can just be." Another source said that the teens at the party were sometimes 'fighting, smoking weed and drinking alcohol." Police said they had no evidence to suggest she was abducted and were focusing on a search and rescue investigation instead.
Her friend Abby, who wanted to be identified by just her first name, told Daily Mail that it was proving difficult to get the teens at the party to speak up. She said, "They don't want to come forward I think because of underage drinking and things like that. We're trying to tell them that we don't care about alcohol, we're just looking for any information that will help us find Kiely." The Placer County Sheriff's Office has made a similar appeal and said in a statement, "We are trying to obtain as much information as possible. Our focus is getting Kiely home safely. We urge anyone who may have any information about Kiely to please contact our tip line. You can remain anonymous." Rodny's mother Lindsey said that she believed her daughter had been abducted and begged the alleged kidnapper to bring her home. She said, "I am terrified. My mind reels and my sleep is plagued with nightmares... thoughts that I just can't get out of my head."
She added, "I last saw her on Friday morning, she was going to meet us to go to a vintage car show but then she changed her mind and wanted to go to this party instead. I extended her curfew. I had done it before and felt safe. She texted me at 11.30 pm to say she would be leaving at 12.15 am to come home. She said 'I love you, mom.' That was the last I heard from her." Lindsey claimed she was sure that her daughter would not have run away.