Image of sweatshirt with eerie quote Kiely Rodni may have been wearing when she disappeared released
Sixteen-year-old Rodni, who had just graduated from high school with honors, vanished after attending a party with other teens and young adults
PLACER COUNTY, CALIFORNIA: California authorities are urging dozens of attendees of a weekend high school graduation party to reveal any information about a girl who went missing after attending the event. Kiely Rodni, a 16-year-old who had just graduated from high school with honors, vanished after attending a party with other teens and young adults at the Prosser Family Campground in Tahoe National Forest, near the border of California and Nevada. Rodni was last seen on Saturday, August 6, about 12:30 am while at the party, investigators from the Placer County Sheriff's Office confirmed.
A new clue has now emerged as the search for the missing teen continues. In the latest update from the sheriff's office, it was revealed that Rodni was seen in a video wearing a white sweatshirt, a picture of which has been released. "We have developed information that Kiely was seen in a video earlier in the evening at the party wearing the white sweatshirt pictured in this photo. It’s unclear whether Kiely was wearing the sweatshirt when she was last seen. We are asking anyone who may remember seeing Kiely that evening to please reach out to us as we continue our search for her," the sheriff's office wrote on Facebook, sharing an image of the sweatshirt with "Odd future" written all over it.
Authorities previously shared information about a different sweatshirt they believe Rodni could have been wearing when she disappeared. The message on the previous sweatshirt read, "You don't want to be forgotten. You just want to disappear." This is a quote from a poem called 'Past the Bushes Cypress Thriving' by singer Lana Del Rey.
Rodni's mother, Lindsey Rodni-Nieman, is pleading for help to find her daughter before the teen's birthday in September. She has also revealed how Rodni's little brother was coping with her disappearance. "Kiely's birthday is coming up on September 1, I didn't know what she wanted to do yet," Lindsey told The US Sun. She added that she "just wants her home."
Lindsey revealed that Rodni was planning to go to the local Sierra College, and was deciding whether she wanted to study music or medicine. "She likes to play everything, she started on the violin when she was very young and then moved to the piano a little bit and then guitar, ukulele, and mandolin," Lindsey said. On being asked what was holding her focus as the wait was getting harder, Lindsey said, "Love, support, family and community. The outlook and faith … a little bit of zen Buddhist acceptance, you breathe it in and you let it out. I show up every day and there are still people here."
Meanwhile, a surveillance video has captured Rodni prior to going missing. The sheriff's office posted a picture on Facebook, writing, "Detectives have located surveillance video from a local business in Truckee, where Kiely was spotted on August 5th at 6:08 pm prior to her going missing. Kiely was last seen wearing a black spaghetti strap bodysuit, green Dickies brand pants with a black grommet belt, and black Vans shoes." The caption added, "We continue to search for any information that will lead us to Kiely."
Sheriffs said during a recent press conference that they were not ruling out any possibility. "There is no evidence that supports an abduction, but we are not ruling anything out. We won't rule anything out. This is a missing persons case, a search and rescue case," they said. Police said that they had received over 100 tips so far.