Police release last CCTV footage of missing Teenage girl Kiely Rodni as her remains and car are found.
A weeks-long search for a missing 16-year-old has come to an end after divers found what is believed to be the body of Kiely Rodni submerged in a car in a California reservoir.
Rodni went missing on 6 August after attending a party with hundreds of other young people at a campground in Truckee, California. Her disappearance prompted a search effort that drew in multiple law enforcement agencies and volunteers, who spent thousands of hours looking for her.
On Monday, law enforcement officials said avolunteer search and recovery group had found what was probably the teen’s body inside her Honda SUV, which was upside down under about 14ft of water.
“We have located a decedent inside the vehicle. We believe it is our missing person,” said Shannan Moon, the Nevada county sheriff. Authorities were still working on positively identifying the remains, Moon said, and the investigation into what happened to Rodni remained “very active”.
Family and friends feared Rodni had been kidnapped and authorities were investigating the case as a possible abduction. The teen disappeared with her vehicle and her phone had been out of service since the party.
Last week, after 10 days of searching, law enforcement officials announced they would scale back the search, moving to a “limited but continuous” effort. Adventures with Purpose, the volunteer search group that discovered the body, then joined the effort after Rodni’s family contacted the group, NBC reported.
The volunteer group used sonar boats to try to find Rodni in the reservoir, which law enforcement had already “extensively” searched.