Kiely Rodni’s Body Found in Prosser Creek Reservoir, Officials Believe

Human remains found with a car submerged in a reservoir near where Truckee’s 16-year-old Kiely Rodni went missing two weeks ago are “more than likely” Rodni’s, the Nevada County Sheriff said Monday. “We think it’s our missing person,” Sheriff Shannan Moon said a day after a volunteer diving team found the car and body in the Prosser Creek Reservoir. “We haven’t been able to positively identify it, but it’s more than likely.” She said it is still an active investigation and “we will release what we can.” “But right now our commitment is to this family and that’s what we will consistently strive for to make decisions about what we release,” Moon said. The dive team, Adventures With Purpose, said in a live-streamed announcement earlier Monday morning that it found Rodni’s silver 2013 Honda CRV, as well as human remains at the search site on Sunday. Adventures With Purpose is a search and recovery dive team dedicated to helping families of missing loved ones. According to the team, it has helped resolve 23 missing persons cold cases across the country since 2019. AWP offers free services to families with missing loved ones. They joined the Rodni search on August 20. Doug Bishop of AWP said the team began the investigation at Prosser Creek Reservoir Sunday at 10:40 a.m. It placed two sonar boats in the water, and by 11:15 a.m. their technology had an object underwater. Bishop then said he confirmed the object was a vehicle under 14 feet of water, about 55 feet offshore. AWP’s Nick Rinn then donned his scuba gear and formally identified and assessed the vehicle, Bishop said. The group then informed the police and Rodni’s family, and the teen’s father and grandfather were on the scene “within minutes,” Bishop said. Bishop and Rinn called on people to remember Rodni’s family in their prayers. Rodni’s family released a statement Monday afternoon saying they were “eternally grateful for the love and support” of an “army of warriors, matriarchs, healers and helpers”. Read the full statement below: Friends, family, law enforcement, media and our global community: We are eternally grateful for the love and support you have shown us over the past few weeks. We’ve weathered a storm of unfathomable strength, and it’s purely thanks to the army of warriors, matriarchs, healers, and helpers that keep us afloat that we’re standing today. Mr. Rogers famously told a story about “looking for the helpers” when he saw scary things in the news. We didn’t have to look for the helpers, because you all came to our aid with full force. We are forever indebted to you. As we accept this grief cast under the shadow of death, the rising sun shines a light on us, reminding us not to mourn our loss, but to celebrate Kiely’s spirit and the gift we have all received through to know her. Kiely will definitely stay with us even if we don’t get her back. There are certain occasions when words fail. Perhaps this is why our human nature has given us art, dance, and music, all of which are often more effective ways to connect with each other and our rawest emotions. Please excuse us if we retreat and privately dance to the song of life as we celebrate our daughter’s spirit and heal our souls. Out of gratitude, the Rodni-NiemanCapt. Sam Brown of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office said Monday the lake was “extensively searched” by sonar, divers and swimmers before Adventures With Purpose found Kiely’s car. “I think that’s part of what we need to do to debrief,” he said. But he said responding peace officers and volunteers who respond in such situations are not always experts in the field. “Tracking underwater is extremely difficult,” he said. “A lot of this equipment is high-end, very expensive, and you really need to have a lot of practice and expertise.” Rodni was last seen on Aug. 6 at a large party with hundreds of teens at the Prosser Family Campground in Truckee, which is located next to the lake. The teenager apparently disappeared without a trace. Officials said early on that they were treating the case as a possible kidnapping, leading to more resources for the investigation. Authorities said the last known ping from Rodni’s cell phone was made near the reservoir around 12:30 p.m. the same night. LiveCopter 3 was on site when the car was pulled from the water on Sunday. Watch that process in the video below. On Sunday morning, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office said seven staff members had been assigned to Rodni’s case. That was less than 73 staff members on Friday. Seven helicopters searched an 80-mile radius from where Kiely was last seen. About 2,000 tips from the community have been sent to authorities. A reward for information that would lead to her being found has risen to $75,000. Officials said Monday they believed their investigation had helped narrow the search area before her vehicle and likely remains were found. The California Highway Patrol is now conducting a road death investigation, said Josh Ehlers of CHP’s Valley division. An autopsy on the remains is expected Tuesday and the results of toxicology reports in a few weeks.

Human remains found with a car submerged in a reservoir near where Truckee’s 16-year-old Kiely Rodni went missing two weeks ago are “more than likely” Rodni’s, the Nevada County Sheriff said Monday.

“We think it’s our missing person,” Sheriff Shannan Moon said a day after a volunteer diving team found the car and body in the Prosser Creek Reservoir. “We haven’t been able to positively identify it, but it’s more than likely.”

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She said it is still an active investigation and “we will release what we can.”

“But right now our commitment is to this family and that’s what we will consistently strive for to make decisions about what we release,” Moon said.

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The dive team, Adventures With Purpose, said in a livestream announcement earlier Monday morning that it had found Rodni’s silver 2013 Honda CRV and human remains at the search site on Sunday.

Adventures With Purpose is a search and recovery dive team dedicated to helping families of missing loved ones. According to the team, it has helped resolve 23 missing persons cold cases across the country since 2019. AWP offers free services to families with missing loved ones. They joined the Rodni search on August 20.

AWP’s Doug Bishop said the team began the investigation at the Prosser Creek Reservoir at 10:40 a.m. Sunday. It placed two sonar boats in the water, and by 11:15 a.m. their technology had detected an underwater object.

Bishop then said he confirmed the object was a vehicle under 14 feet of water, about 55 feet offshore.

AWP’s Nick Rinn then donned his scuba gear and formally identified and assessed the vehicle, Bishop said.

The group then informed the police and Rodni’s family, and the teen’s father and grandfather were on the scene “within minutes,” Bishop said.

Bishop and Rinn called on people to remember Rodni’s family in their prayers.

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Rodni’s family released a statement Monday afternoon saying they were “eternally grateful for the love and support” of an “army of warriors, matriarchs, healers and helpers”.

Read the full statement below:

Friends, family, law enforcement, media and our global community:

We are eternally grateful for the love and support you have shown us over the past few weeks. We’ve weathered a storm of unfathomable strength, and it’s purely thanks to the army of warriors, matriarchs, healers, and helpers that keep us afloat that we’re standing today. Mr. Rogers famously told a story about “looking for the helpers” when he saw scary things in the news. We didn’t have to look for the helpers, because you all came to our aid with full force. We are forever indebted to you.

As we accept this grief cast under the shadow of death, the rising sun shines a light on us, reminding us not to mourn our loss, but to celebrate Kiely’s spirit and the gift we have all received through to know her. Kiely will definitely stay with us even if we don’t get her back.

There are certain occasions when words fail. Perhaps this is why our human nature has given us art, dance, and music, all of which are often more effective ways to connect with each other and our rawest emotions. Please excuse us if we retreat and privately dance to the song of life as we celebrate our daughter’s spirit and heal our souls.

out of gratitude,

The Rodni-Nieman familie family

Nevada County Sheriff’s Office Captain Sam Brown said Monday the lake was “extensively searched” by sonar, divers and swimmers before Adventures With Purpose found Kiely’s car.

“I think that’s part of what we need to do to debrief,” he said.

But he said responding peace officers and volunteers who respond in such situations are not always experts in the field.

“Tracking underwater is extremely difficult,” he said. “A lot of this equipment is high-end, very expensive, and you really need to have a lot of practice and expertise.”

Rodni was last seen on Aug. 6 at a large party with hundreds of teens at the Prosser Family Campground in Truckee, which is next to the lake. The teenager apparently disappeared without a trace. Officials said early on that they were treating the case as a possible kidnapping, leading to more resources for the investigation.

Authorities said the last known ping from Rodni’s mobile was made near the reservoir around 12:30 p.m. the same night.

LiveCopter 3 was on site when the car was pulled from the water on Sunday. Watch that process in the video below.

On Sunday morning, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office said seven staff members had been assigned to Rodni’s case. That was less than 73 staff members on Friday. Seven helicopters searched an 80-mile radius from where Kiely was last seen. About 2,000 tips from the community have been sent to authorities. A reward for information that would lead to her being found has risen to $75,000.

Officials said Monday they believed their investigation had helped narrow the search area before her vehicle and likely remains were found.

The California Highway Patrol is now conducting a road death investigation, said Josh Ehlers of CHP’s Valley division.

An autopsy on the remains is expected Tuesday and the results of toxicology reports in a few weeks.

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