Authorities conduct sex offender sweep in search for missing California teen Kiely Rodni

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Authorities found several convicted sex offenders out of registration compliance Thursday in a sweep as investigators continued to look 16-year-old Kiely Rodni who went missing two weeks ago after attending a large party at a Nevada County campground.

The Truckee Police Department conducted the sex offender compliance sweep through the Truckee and North Tahoe area with the help from the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, the Auburn Police Department and the Placer County Probation Department.

Along with the convicted sex offenders suspected of violating their probation or parole, authorities made one arrest and anticipated criminal charges to filed on another, sheriff’s officials said.

The sweep was part of ongoing efforts for investigators to find any information that might lead them to Rodni, who was last seen in the early hours of Aug. 6 at a party with 200 to 300 young people at the Prosser Family Campground.

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office, which has led the search for Rodni, had its Dive Team and Off-Highway Vehicle Team continue to search the area Thursday, sheriff’s officials announced Friday. But authorities have not found Rodni or her vehicle, a silver Honda CR-V with California license plate 8YUR127.

Kiely Rodni, 16, was reported missing after last being seen at a party at Prosser Family Campground near Truckee, California, around 12:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022.
Kiely Rodni, 16, was reported missing after last being seen at a party at Prosser Family Campground near Truckee, California, around 12:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022.

A total of 73 investigators continued to search for the missing teen on Thursday. Sheriff’s officials thanked the public for submitting more than 1,500 tips. They also said they’ve received duplicate tips over the past several days that have slowed detectives from pursuing credible leads.

“As many of you can imagine, our detectives and staff are working around the clock to vet and investigate every lead that comes in; be rest assured if you have submitted your tip using one of the methods below, we have received it,” the Sheriff’s Office said Thursday in social media posts. “Our staff may not return your message or call due to the number of tips we receive each day. Our priority is to bring Kiely home to her family.”

Investigators have obtained a video that showed Rodni was wearing a white and pink sweatshirt in the hours before she vanished from the party. The long-sleeved white hooded sweatshirt has the name of the hip-hop musical act Odd Future printed across its body and sleeves. Authorities also have asked the public to focus on the strands of necklaces she wore.

Newly obtained video showed Kiely Rodni was wearing a white sweatshirt emblazoned with the name of hip-hop band Odd Future in the hours before she vanished from a party at Prosser Family Campground, Placer County Sheriff’s officials said.
Newly obtained video showed Kiely Rodni was wearing a white sweatshirt emblazoned with the name of hip-hop band Odd Future in the hours before she vanished from a party at Prosser Family Campground, Placer County Sheriff’s officials said.

The teen’s family has increased the reward for her discovery to $75,000, thanks to an anonymous donation, according to her father.

Nevada County officials, who are also leading the search with Placer authorities, said Kiely’s last cellphone ping was about 12:30 a.m. near the reservoir that surrounds the campgrounds.

Investigators asked anyone who remembers seeing the girl or has relevant information to call 530-581-6320, option 7, send an email to sheriff_tahoeinvesttips@placer.ca.gov or submit videos or photos to help find Rodni by clicking an online linktree.