Authorities urge people to come forward in search of teenager missing after attending party
Authorities are urging people for advice as they continue to search for a missing 16-year-old who was last seen early Saturday at a large party near a campground in northern California.
“We’re trying to find out exactly what happened. We think someone knows, but they’re not coming forward,” Placer County Sheriff Lt. Josh Barnhart told reporters during a briefing. Wednesday afternoon.
Kiely Rodni was last seen around 12:30 p.m. Saturday near the Prosser Family Campground in the small town of Truckee, about 20 miles north of Lake Tahoe, according to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office. His phone has had no signal since then, and his car – a silver 2013 Honda CRV with California license plate number 8YUR127 – was also missing, authorities said.
The teenager had attended a large party that night alongside more than 300 youths, according to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, which is leading the investigation and ongoing search.
The Placer County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday that detectives obtained surveillance footage from a local Truckee business showing Rodni around 6:30 p.m. the night he disappeared.
This footage is the only known lead to date in the case, the sheriff’s office said.
“So far nothing has been able to get us to Kiely,” Angela Musallam, public information officer for the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, told reporters on Wednesday.
The Placer County Sheriff’s Office urged anyone who saw her that night to come forward. So far, investigators have received more than 200 tips, according to Placer County Sgt. Scott Alford. Although beyond surveillance footage from the Truckee company, law enforcement has no new leads in the case, Barnhart said.
“We don’t have any new leads, and that, I can tell you, is very frustrating for us,” Barnhart said. “We reiterate that anyone, please, anyone who was at the party that night, please come to law enforcement.”
“People who were there know something. If you know something, please say something,” he said.
Rodni’s family also urged people to speak up.
“We’re just begging, begging you to come forward and share your story,” Rodni’s mother, Lindsey Rodni-Nieman, told ABC News.
Detectives are not ruling out a possible abduction, although “at this time we have no evidence to support an abduction,” Alford told reporters during a Tuesday briefing.
“We are considering everything,” he said. “This is a missing person case, this is a search and rescue effort.”
Dozens of law enforcement personnel participated in the search, including foot patrols, aircraft and dive teams. A canine team was also involved.
Other local, state and federal agencies, including the Truckee Police Department, Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol and the FBI, are assisting the Placer County Sheriff’s Office with the investigation, according to Musallam.
A $50,000 reward is being offered for information leading to Rodni’s safe return. Authorities said she was last seen wearing a black bodysuit, green pants with a black belt and black Vans shoes. She may also have a black hoodie that was lent to her several days before she disappeared, the sheriff’s office said.
“We can’t stress this enough — of the 200 to 300 minors and young adults who were at that party at Prosser Campground on Friday night — someone knows something about Kylie,” Musallam said during Tuesday’s briefing. “We urge and implore the community to please come forward. You will remain anonymous.”