California cops reveal pink and white hoodie Kiely Rodni was wearing before she vanished
Authorities in California revealed that missing teen Kiely Rodni was wearing a pink and white sweatshirt in the final hours before she vanished from a ‘drug-fueled’ campsite party more than a week ago.
Rodni, 16, has been missing for more than a week after she vanished from a party near the Prosser Family Campground in Truckee on August 6. She was added to the FBI’s missing persons database on Thursday – five days after she was last seen.
The new information comes just days after a tip – one of 1,200 the agency has received – led to the FBI spending the day on Friday digging up a ‘potential burial site’ that turned out to contain only a dog carcass.
Investigators provided the information over the weekend, and also confirmed that the last known ping from Rodni’s cell phone was around 12:30 a.m. on August 6 near the campground’s reservoir after she texted her mother that she would be straight home.
Late Sunday, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office posted a photo on social media of a white hoodie with pink lettering that spells out ‘Odd Future’ that investigators say Rodni was wearing in a video at the party earlier on the evening she went missing.
The post clarified that it’s unclear whether the teen was wearing it when she was last seen, but asked anyone who remembers seeing Rodni that evening to contact the authorities.
The Placer County Sheriff’s Office revealed that missing Kiely Rodni, 16, was wearing a pink and white hoodie in the final hours before she vanished from a party on August 6
Rodni, 16, was last seen Saturday near the Prosser Family Campground in Truckee at the party attended by more than 100 juveniles and young adults
On Friday, a search-and-rescue ground team executed the dig, acting on one the hundreds of tips the FBI has received in relation to the teen’s case.
Placer County Sheriff’s Office public information officer Angela Musallam, told the press on Saturday that ‘FBI agents investigated the site through early this morning and recovered the remains of a dog.’
‘Yesterday there was a potential burial site that was located near the [Prosser Family] campground,’ Placer County Sheriff’s Office public information officer Angela Musallam said.
‘It was located by a search-and-rescue ground team. Kiely’s family was notified of the potential development. The FBI responded to secure the scene yesterday and was accompanied by the Placer and Nevada county sheriff’s offices. The FBI agents investigated the site through early this morning and recovered the remains of a dog.’
The search continues for the teen as the sheriff’s office and FBI are treating the case as a possible abduction because Rodni’s vehicle is still missing.
At the press conference on Saturday, Captain Sam Brown of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the last known ping from Rodni’s cell phone was around 12:30 a.m. on August 6.
The search continues for the teen as the sheriff’s office and FBI are treating the case as a possible abduction because Rodni’s vehicle is still missing
The post clarified that it’s unclear whether the teen was wearing it when she was last seen, but asked anyone who remembers seeing Rodni that evening to contact the authorities
The ping was near Prosser Lake, which surrounds the campgrounds, but he pointed out that it’s possible due to lost data that the phone continued to ping after 12:30 a.m.
‘The ping for the data points was near the water. It’s hard to tell an exact pinpoint,’ Brown said. ‘Just as much on land as it was on water.’
‘Just because it was last pinged there, that doesn’t mean that’s where the phone stopped pinging,’ he added. ‘There’s lots of reasons why those notifications or data points could be lost.’
Her mother Lindsey Rodni-Nieman previously say that Kiely’s final text said she would be ‘straight home’ in about 45 minutes.
The last person to have heard from the teen was her friend Samantha Smith, 18, who spoke with Rodni on the spoke at 12.36am. Shortly after, Rodni phone was turned off.
‘At 12.36am she called me…and this is the last call anybody had with her. We said: ‘Love you, good night. Get home safe,’ and that’s the last thing we heard of her,’ Smith told the Independent on Monday.
‘Right now we believe that it is an abduction case…she was in no state to drive and she wouldn’t have made it far or would have crashed.’
The campground was only 12 miles away from her home in California
Police are now asking the public to pay close attention to the necklace (pictured) she is wearing, as the photo was taken ‘recently.’ They also asked the public to look for a Lana Del Ray sweatshirt they believe is ‘still in her possession’
The Placer County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday released an old image of Kiely Rodni’s 2013 silver Honda, which has been untraceable along with her
Her boyfriend, Jagger Westfall, revealed last week that he had texted his girlfriend to ‘be safe’ and ‘don’t do anything stupid’ before Rodni went to the party, which was reportedly filled with illegal activities, such as alcohol.
Rodni, herself, was reportedly very drunk at the party.
Westfall, who did not attend the party for unknown reasons, texted her to complain about his day and heard back hours later.
‘At 10.30 she responded to what I was saying, [she] said: ‘Oh, I’m sorry you’re going through that.’ And that’s the last I heard from her,’ Westfall told Fox 40.
He also told the outlet he and her father had taught Rodni how to ‘get out of sticky situations’ and said she would not ‘put her life at risk.’
‘I really need her back. I really just need to know that she’s safe, that’s all I need at this point, I really want to hug her again,’ he told Fox 40. ‘I fully believe that she’s alive and well.’
Her boyfriend, Jagger Westfall, revealed earlier this week that he had texted his girlfriend to ‘be safe’ and ‘don’t do anything stupid’ before Rodni went to the party
Westfall said he just wants to ‘hug’ her again and still believes she is ‘safe’ somewhere. He said: ‘I really need her back. I really just need to know that she’s safe’
The teen’s friend Kate Cuno also revealed she had hung out with Rodni just hours before the party and the pair had made crème brûlée.
‘Everything was normal,’ Cuno told Fox 40. ‘I don’t think she ran away or anything. I would have noticed if something was slightly off.’
Police released a surveillance image showing the missing teen hours before she vanished at a nearby campground.
The image shows Rodni at 6.08pm on Friday at a business in Truckee, about ten minutes south of the Prosser Family Campground, where she was last seen at 12.30am later that night.
‘Kiely [was] last seen wearing black spaghetti strap bodysuit, green Dickies pants [with] black grommet belt [and] black Vans,’ the Placer Sheriff’s department wrote in a tweet releasing the image.
On Thursday evening, Placer County Sheriff’s Office released another image of Rodni, where she was seen wearing a black spaghetti strap crop top with a silver necklace. Deputies are now asking the public to pay close attention to her necklace, as the photo had been taken ‘recently.’
Earlier that day, police also released an image of a Lana Del Ray hoodie, with the lyrics: ‘You don’t want to be forgotten, you just want to disappear.’ Authorities believe the hoodie, which was ‘loaned’ to her by a still unidentified person the day before her disappearance, is still in her possession.
Rodni was wearing a black bodysuit and dark green Dickies pants; a local business’ surveillance camera captured her at 6:08 p.m. on August 5, a few hours before she headed to the campground party.
She was last seen on local surveillance footage wearing a black bodysuit and green Dickies pants on August 5
Police released an image of the sweatshirt (pictured) she was loaned the day before she disappeared. It featured eerie Lana Del Ray lyrics, reading: ‘You don’t want to be forgotten, you just want to disappear.’ Police believe the hoodie is ‘still in her possession’ and it unknown who ‘loaned’ her the coat
Rodni’s friend told The Sun that she believes a lot of teens at the party are afraid to speak to police because they fear the consequences, but believes some might have information that could lead to Rodni.
‘I think a lot of them were scared to talk,’ Smith told The Sun. ‘They were engaging in illegal activity in the woods, it’s like this Lord of the Flies space where they can just be.’
Another source said that the teens at the party were sometimes ‘fighting,’ smoking weed and drinking alcohol.
Rodni’s friend, Sami Smith, who was at the party with her, shared footage that showed several teens gathered at the campsite that was littered with what appeared to be bottles of alcohol
‘We’ve said over and over again, we’re not investigating any of you, we’re partnering with you in an investigation for a missing person, this isn’t about things you shouldn’t have done,’ Smith told the newspaper.
‘But it’s also hard because there are so many teenagers, what are their relationships like with their parents? That can define a lot of what they’re going to say. Are they used to hiding everything?
‘They’re afraid of the consequences or how they’re going to be viewed, how their parents are going to react. But at this point, it’s like, who cares? We need to find her.’
Lieutenant Josh Barnhart announced that many teens have come forward with video evidence and they are currently reviewing the footage.
Lindsey Rodni-Nieman, the teen’s mother, pleaded in an online video shared by authorities for anyone with information to come forward.
‘We just want her home,’ Rodni-Nieman said. ‘We’re so scared, and we miss her so much.’
The teen’s mother (pictured) believes her daughter was abducted and is pleading for the allegedly kidnapper to bring her home
Speaking to DailyMail.com last week, just days after Rodni disappeared, Rodni-Nieman said she believed her daughter has been abducted and begged the alleged kidnapper to bring her home.
She said: ‘I am terrified. My mind reels and my sleep is plagued with nightmares… thoughts that I just can’t get out of my head.’
‘I last saw her on Friday morning, she was going to meet us to go to a vintage car show but then she changed her mind and wanted to go to this party instead.
‘I extended her curfew. I had done it before and felt safe. She texted me at 11.30pm to say she would be leaving at 12.15am to come home.
‘She said: ”I love you, mom.” That was the last I heard from her.’
Lindsey said she is sure that her daughter would not have run away. She said: ‘My daughter is not the runaway type – not to stigmatize kids who are – but my daughter is not. She had the resources to run away and would have done if she wanted to.’