NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! Authorities in California say they think the remains of Kiely Rodni, a 16-year-old early high school graduate who has been missing for more than two weeks, have been found near where she was last seen.
Nevada County Sheriff Shannan Moon stated at a news conference, “We recovered the vehicle, we recovered the vehicle last night.” “A deceased person has been discovered inside the car. It could be our missing person, we think. Although it is more than likely, we have not been able to positively determine.”
She emphasized that the probe was still ongoing.
The sheriff’s office made the news a day after a volunteer dive team claimed to have discovered her missing 2013 Honda CRV and a body inside of it in 14 feet of water.
SHERIFF EXPECTED TO MAKE MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT IN THE KIELY RODNI CASE AFTER VOLUNTEER GROUP FIND SUBMERGED SUV
A body was discovered inside Rodnis’ vehicle, which was located upside down in 14 feet of water, according to the group Adventures With Purpose (AWP), which helps with missing person investigations and has a well-known YouTube channel. Earlier, law officers scoured the region using a boat, a helicopter, a plane, and divers.
Capt. Troy Sander revealed at the briefing that the vehicle was discovered in the reservoir upside down in a location that had already been “extensively examined” and was not far from the spot where Rodni was last seen. He stated that during debriefing, investigators will check into the initial miss.
Police retrieved the light-colored SUV out of the water when they got to the reservoir later, but they didn’t give any formal confirmation until later in the evening. Images of the car reveal that its front appearance is similar to Rodnis missing Honda.
KIELY RODNI, 16, WAS MISSING: A TIMELINE OF THE CAMPGROUND PARTY DISAPPEARANCE
According to investigators, she was last seen at the party, which was attended by 200 to 300 teenagers and young adults, late on August 5 or early on August 6. Alcohol and narcotics were available.
Up until AWP arrived to offer assistance over the weekend, extensive searches of the surrounding area by land, air, and boat had yielded no results. Authorities said that since Rodni’s disappearance on August 6 the reservoir’s water level has plummeted by more than three feet.
Rodnis’ suspiciously timed disappearance had at first been thought to be an abduction. None of the more than 100 partygoers questioned by police claimed to have seen her leave.
Sami Smith, a friend who claimed to have spent the entire evening with Rodni until she left the gathering at 12:20 a.m., claimed they had met a number of new people but no one who seemed unsettling. She did observe that Rodni appeared to be too inebriated to drive.