At an evening community meeting at the Truckee Community Rec Center Aug. 10, the mother and father of 16-year-old Kiely Rodni escalated their pleas for help from anyone who saw their daughter at party near Prosser Reservoir Friday night and Saturday morning, Aug. 6, before she went missing at 12:33 a.m.
“Kiely was born and raised here,” said her father, Daniel Rodni, “This is Tahoe. This isn’t supposed to happen here. We need answers. Remember, Kiely is your child too. So, please. We need you.”
There is no new information leading to Kiely’s location, according to the speakers, who were officers of Nevada and Placer counties. Audience members had many questions, including why the teens and young adults who attended the party aren’t being more forthcoming? Drugs, alcohol, getting in trouble … All of those answers were offered. Investigators, family members, and community members were clearly frustrated.
“If your child tells you, ‘I have something it’s not good and there are also some things I could get in trouble for,’” one officer told the group, “that’s risk. I ask you to compare that to their loss. Right now. Put yourself in their shoes. Be courageous for them.”
In the wake of rancor has been surfacing on social media and elsewhere, Kiely’s mother, Lindsey Rodni-Nieman, appealed for calm and collaboration. “Let’s work together and let’s focus on asking questions that will lead to positive results,” she said.
Kiely’s friends are trying to reach teenagers on their own terms. Sami Smith and other students are conducting meetups in all the North Shore communities to encourage anyone to discuss their feelings and share bits of details they may have seen. The next teen gathering is set for 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, atIncline High School in Incline Village.
“This is open to anyone – from Kings Beach, Reno, Tahoe — anyone,” Smith said. She said she is making herself available to talk one-on-one or in a group in order to find Kiely. “We can meet with you anywhere, anytime…. We need any teenager to come out and talk,” she said, adding that on Tuesday night one suchteen gathering lasted until 10:30 p.m.
Investigators are working many hours a day with more than a dozen agencies and at least 100 volunteers, they said. They are examining digital data, camera footage, tire tracks, footprints, cell phone coverage, and verbal tips. About 60 FBI agents have been involved since Saturday, some going door to door querying Prosser area and other residents about whether or not they saw Kiely before she disappeared. Officials would not answer questions about whether FBI agents were called in from local sources, or they joined of their own accord for an additional reason. Officers who would not answer certain questions said they could not speak about those details while the investigation is ongoing.
Volunteers are scouring the region by motorcycles, four-by-four vehicles, aircraft, and on foot. They are also inspecting the bottoms of Prosser, Boca, and Stampede reservoirs. “We are looking for Kiely, her car, her phone,” said Nevada County Sheriff’s Office Captain Sam Brown.
The search region stretches north of Sierraville, east to Verdi, Nevada, south of Interstate-80 toward Lake Tahoe, and west beyond Jackson Meadows Reservoir, according to Nevada County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Dennis Hack.
An official incident command center is off limits to the public, but public members can check in and offer help and good will at a location in the parking lot of the Truckee Community Center where family members and friends have set up an information post. Members of the band Dead Winter Carpenters gathered there on Wednesday evening to play calming music for volunteer searchers weary from the day’s long events.
Anyone with information about Kiely’s whereabouts should call a tip line at (530) 581-6320, option 7. Information or tips also can be shared to email@example.com. Current information is available in one place at a website Kiely’s friends have set up.
Kiely Rodni is Caucasian, about 5-foot-7, 115 pounds with blond hair and hazel eyes. She has numerous piercings and jewelry, including a nose ring. She was last seen wearing green Dickies pants and a black leotard top.