Where is Kiely Rodni? Police ramp up search for 16-yr-old possibly abducted on way home from party
She was last seen at around 12.30 am on Saturday, driving away from an end-of-high school party at the Prosser Family Campground in Truckee
TRUCKEE, CALIFORNIA: Authorities are desperately searching for a 16-year-old girl who mysteriously disappeared on her way home from a campground party on Friday night, August 5, in what police believe was an abduction.
Kiely Rodni was last seen at around 12.30 am on Saturday, August 6, driving away from an end-of-high school party at the Prosser Family Campground in Truckee in her Honda CRV. She has not been heard from since, and police in the area are now treating her disappearance as an abduction.
Kiely was one of nearly a hundred children who attended the party in Truckee, a small, rural town near Lake Tahoe, next to the Nevada state line. Her family runs The Lost Trail Lodge, a small hotel on the property where they live, located around 12 miles from where she was allegedly abducted. Investigators are asking anyone with information to come forward.
‼️MISSING PERSON - Community Help Needed‼️We need your help in locating missing 16-year-old Kiely Rodni who was last seen near the Prosser Family Campground, in Truckee on 8/6. If you have any information contact the Placer County Sheriff’s Office immediately: 530-886-5375. pic.twitter.com/URhW4CGzge— Placer Sheriff (@PlacerSheriff) August 7, 2022
Kiely's pal Sami Smith, who was reportedly with her most of the night, said she was planning to spend the night at the campground. "I know that she wasn't in the right mindset or state to drive. And if she were to have driven, she wouldn't have made it far," Smith told CBS News. "So my concern is that somebody might have offered to drive her home and then didn't take her home." Kiely's mother Lindsey Rodni-Nieman shared an emotional appeal on Sunday night, August 7. "Please, we just want to see our daughter home," she said. "We are not looking to arrest anyone or get anyone in any trouble."
As #PCSO detectives continue to investigate Kiely’s disappearance and follow up on multiple leads, Kiely Rodni’s mother, Lindsey Rodni-Nieman, has a plea to the community. If anyone has any information where Kiely may be, please call our tip line: (530) 581-6320, Option 7. pic.twitter.com/kx4ZBVnrwu— Placer Sheriff (@PlacerSheriff) August 8, 2022
The teenager's cell phone had reportedly been out of service since she left the party. The area has good network coverage, which leads police to believe she was abducted. Furthermore, her car has still not been located. "We are so scared. We miss her so much and love her so much," the devastated mother continued in her video appeal. "If you see this, please just come home. I want nothing more than to hug you. If you know where she is or know anything about where she might be...please come forward. We're not looking to arrest anybody or get anybody in trouble. We just want to see our daughter home," she added.
Authorities said Kiely was last seen wearing Dickies pants and a black tank top. She has several piercings, including a nose ring, and stands 5 feet, 7 inches tall, weighs 115 pounds, with blonde hair and hazel eyes. The teenager's vehicle -- a silver 2013 Honda CRV with a California license plate No. 8YUR127 -- has also been reported missing. Kiely recently graduated from Forest Charter School in Truckee. Her loved ones have launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to increase the reward for generating tips. The family has raised more than $6,000 of their $15,000 goal at the time of publication.
Authorities have set up an anonymous tip line to assist with the search. If you or anyone you know has information regarding Kiely Rodni's whereabouts, you are urged to contact the authorities at 530-581-6320, and press option 7.
‼️TIP LINE SET UP FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO 16-YEAR-OLD KIELY RODNI‼️Anyone with any information can call (530) 581-6320 Option 7. You can remain anonymous.— Placer Sheriff (@PlacerSheriff) August 8, 2022
Details on Kiely’s disappearance: https://t.co/JTkI79p4xy pic.twitter.com/DT9XH4fUEJ