Kiely Rodni: Search for missing girl leads to arrest of sex offender on unrelated charge

Kiely Rodni: Search for missing girl leads to arrest of sex offender on unrelated charge
Kiely Rodni was last seen at around 12.30 am on August 6, driving away from a party at the Prosser Family Campground in her 2013 silver Honda CRV (Lindsey Neiman/Facebook)

TRUCKEE, CALIFORNIA: The frustrating two-week search for 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 in her 2013 silver Honda CRV with number plate CA LIC# 8YUR127, has now led to the arrest of a sex offender but on unrelated charges. As part of the ongoing investigation, the Placer County Sheriff and other agencies conducted a sweep of compliant sex offenders on August 18 in which several sex registrants were found to be in violation of their terms.

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The Truckee Police Department, along with the Placer County Probation Department and the Auburn Police Department, conducted the search throughout the Truckee/North Tahoe area which resulted in the discovery of several offenders in violation of their terms with "one arrest being made and criminal charges to be filed on another." The arrest comes after the authorities announced a new phase in the search for the 16-year-old missing teen Rodni on August 15, as previously reported, where Capt Sam Brown of the Nevada County Sheriff's Office, said during the news briefing, "We are still looking for any clues, videos, tips, any information to help us to put pieces together and help us to direct where we're going and how we're going to continue to do a search. We are moving into a more limited but continuous search and rescue effort."

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What we know about the missing Kiely Rodni so far?

Rodni was last seen at the Prosser Family Campground at a party, which was attended by 200 to 300 teens and young adults. Her mother Lindsey Rodni-Nieman said she received a final text from her daughter that she would be "straight home" in about 45 minutes, as reported earlier. According to Brown, the last ping from her cellphone was near Prosser Lake, a manmade reservoir that surrounds the campground. However, he admitted that the phone might have continued to ping after 12.30 am due to lost data. He said, "The ping for the data points was near the water. It's hard to tell an exact pinpoint. Just as much on land as it was on water. Just because it was last pinged there, that doesn't mean that's where the phone stopped pinging. There's lots of reasons why those notifications or data points could be lost."

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Placer County Sheriff’s Office revealed that the teen was spotted in video footage on the evening of August 5 at the Prosser Family Campground. In the footage, she is wearing the white hoodie covered in the phrase “odd future” in pink letters. Later that night Rodni borrowed and wore another hoodie at the party with the lines from a Lana Del Ray song scrawled on it that read, "You don’t want to be forgotten, you just want to disappear."

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The teen's mother has appealed to the public to come forward in a video shared on a Placer County Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook post where she said, “We just want her home. We are so scared. We miss her so much and love her so much. If you see this, please just come home. I want nothing more than to hug you.” So far, investigators have received more than 1,200 tips, as per ABC. 

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