Authorities ask for help finding missing California teen
TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in Northern California released a frame from surveillance video showing a missing 16-year-old at a store before she disappeared over the weekend and asked Wednesday for anyone with information to contact officials, saying they are not getting new leads.
Kiely Rodni, of Truckee, was last seen Saturday near the Prosser Family Campground in Truckee at a party attended by hundreds of juveniles and young adults, police said.
Rodni’s phone has been out of service since the party, and her car, a 2013 silver Honda CRV, has not been found, authorities said.
“Anyone who was at that party that night, please come to law enforcement, please go to the tip line, it is anonymous if they want to remain anonymous,” Placer County Sheriff Lt. Josh Barnhart said at a press conference.
Barnhart said investigators have collected a lot of videos from gas stations, private businesses and residences and they are going through the painstaking task of reviewing all the footage for any signs of the teenager. But he said not getting any new leads from people who may have seen her the night of her disappearance is very frustrating.
“Someone saw her but they’re not coming forward,” Barnhart added.
Officials with at least 16 local, state and federal enforcement agencies are helping in the investigation and search crews have fanned across the region straddling the California-Nevada state line looking for her. Dozens of family and friends are also searching and offering a $50,000 reward.
Officials said a helicopter has been searching from the air along the I-80 corridor between Donner Summit and the Nevada border and marine units from three local sheriff’s offices have searched at Prosser Creek Reservoir. Officials have also deployed scent-tracking dogs.
“We’re struggling with clues and so searches aren’t super successful if you don’t have a direction on where to search,” said Nevada County Sheriff’s Office captain Sam Brown.