The Placer County Sheriff’s office said in a statement on Tuesday that the body found inside a submerged car in Northern California on Sunday has been confirmed to be missing teen Kiely Rodni, who disappeared at a campground party in the area about three weeks ago. Authorities and volunteers had been searching for the 16-year-old Rodni and her car since she was last seen at the Prosser Family Campground around 12:30 a.m. on August 6th.
According to Nevada County Sheriff Shannan Moon, the volunteer dive group Adventures with Purpose found Rodni’s car submerged in the Prosser Creek Reservoir (located about 17 miles north of Lake Tahoe and 36 miles from Reno, Nevada) a little more than half an hour into their search. The volunteer dive team, which has more than 2.4 million subscribers on YouTube, typically takes on cold cases, not active investigations. The group has helped solve 23 missing person cold cases since 2019.
The Placer County Sheriff’s office said Tuesday that Kiely’s cause and manner of death were not released, and the investigation into her death is still ongoing. Their statement read: “The Placer County Sheriff’s Office and the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office are in communication with Kiely’s family and offer our deepest condolences to them during this extremely difficult time.”
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