Search continues for missing Truckee teen
The search for Truckee 16-year-old Kiely Rodni continued Tuesday as authorities are following up on leads while also searching by air for her whereabouts.
The Placer County Sheriff’s Office said detectives are following up on tips received and the department’s Falcon 30 helicopter is assisting the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office with the search.
Placer County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Scott Alford said Tuesday that nothing is being ruled out as far as the investigation goes. However, he added that currently there’s no evidence that supports Rodni was abducted.
Local resident Pamela Biery is a family friend of the Rodnis.
“I can tell you is this is a very sweet, loving family — outdoor oriented,” said Biery. “Kiely was raised in Truckee; she is super responsible, and very close with her mother.
“Law enforcement is doing an amazing job,” she added. “She was a very responsible young person. This is not someone who was a party animal. I think that shows by the fact that her friends created a GoFundMe and a website to boost the reward. Her friends have been amazing people.”
A website — http://www.findkiely.com — has been created in an effort to find Rodni. It has a link to a GoFundMe, which had raised over $26,000 as of Wednesday afternoon. The fundraiser’s creator states it’s intended to increase the reward amount for information leading to Rodni.
“Our air operations crew will be flying over the Interstate 80 corridor between Donner Summit and the Nevada state line, and will continue searching around the Prosser Lake area,” the Sheriff’s Office said.
Despite the numerous resources involved in the search, Rodni and her vehicle, a 2013 silver Honda CRV with California license plate 8YUR127, remained missing Tuesday.
California Highway Patrol, Truckee Police and the FBI are also assisting in the search.
“We are trying to obtain as much information as possible — our focus is getting Kiely home safely,” the Sheriff’s Office said.
Anyone who has information about Robni and her whereabouts should call the tip line at 530-581-6320, Option 7.
A $50,000 reward is being offered for information that brings Rodni safely home, plus the amount raised from the GoFundMe.
Rodni was last seen at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday at a party attended by approximately 100 kids near the Prosser Family Campground.
The Sheriff’s Office said her phone has been out of service since the party.
Rodni is a white female, about 5-foot-7, 115 pounds with blonde hair and hazel eyes. She has numerous piercings and jewelry, including a nose ring. She was last seen wearing green Dickies pants and a black tank top.
Biery said that no one who comes forward with information leading to the discovery of Rodni will be punished, and that there is a worry that someone who knows something will remain silent out of fear for any type of judgment.
Billboards in city of Colfax were placed Tuesday, alerting travelers along Interstate 80 to be on the lookout.
“This can happen to anyone,” Biery reminded. “If you know anything, come forward.
“We are relying a lot on media, having people keep it at the top of their mind.”
The Union Staff Writer Jennifer Nobles contributed to this report
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