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California officials discuss search for Kiely Rodni

Authorities ramped up efforts to find missing teen Kiely Rodni as the search entered its second week.

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office announced plans to bring in more personnel and expand the search area around Prosser Family Campground in Truckee over the weekend amid criticism over the lack of an Amber Alert when Kiely first disappeared.

Kiely was last seen around 12.30am on 6 August near the campground, where she attended an allegedly alcohol-fuelled gathering of more than 200 teens and young adults.

An investigation was launched the next morning after Kiely failed to show up for a hike with friends.

More than 260 personnel have been canvassing the area on the ground and in the air and more than 1,200 tips have been received from the public.

One of those tips fell flat on Saturday when FBI officials checking out a “potential burial site” dug up a dead dog.

Meanwhile, Kiely’s mother Lindsey Rodni-Nieman has continued pleading for information, telling The Independent: “We are desperate for any other teens to come out and share the last pieces of the story that nobody seems to be able to piece together.”

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Police frustrated at another failed lead

Another one of the more than 1,200 tips in Kiely’s disappearance fell flat over the weekend as authorities checking out a “potential burial site” dug up a dead dog.

The Independent’s Gustaf Kilander has more:

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Kiely’s friend describes her love of music

Kiely’s friend, 17-year-old Madelyn Wicks, attended the event on Saturday and spoke of her love of music.

“She was always singing, singing in the car. I know she likes to play the guitar,” Madelyn told KCRA.

She said she is hopeful that the event will send a message to Kiely.

“We feel like, hopefully, this will help draw her here and know from at least wherever she is, she knows we are here,” she said.

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Dead dog found in ‘potential burial site’

FBI officials searching for Kiely reportedly spent hours digging up a “potential burial site” – only to find a dead dog inside it.

“Yesterday there was a potential burial site that was located near the [Prosser Family] campground,” Placer County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Angela Musallam said, according to SFGate.

“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.”

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‘Song is twice as loud as a prayer’

One of the performers at Saturday’s event was Jenni Charles, Kiely’s longtime music teacher.

“They say song is twice as loud as a prayer,” Ms Charles said on stage, according to KCRA.

“It’s not just people coming together to have a party. It’s because we are connected to her musically and we are playing her songs. We hope she can hear so that she knows we are going to find her soon.”

Recalling how she taught Kiely to play the fiddle when she was just two years old, Ms Charles said: “She was the youngest student I took on because of her determination and the light and how much she enjoyed music.”

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Hundreds attend ‘Kountry for Kiely’ event

Hundreds of supporters turned out for a musical event raising awareness about Kiely’s disappearance on Saturday evening.

The event called “Kountry for Kiely” paid tribute to the teen’s love of music, with performers dedicating their songs to her.

It was held at Truckee Regional Park as the search for Kiely entered its second week.

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Kiely’s boyfriend recalls their final conversation

The boyfriend of Kiely Rodni broke his silence to reveal the last conversation he had with her before she vanished without a trace at a campground party – as the search for the missing teenager now enters its eighth day.

Jagger Westfall texted his 16-year-old girlfriend to tell her to “be safe” and “don’t do anything stupid” on the night of 5 August as she headed to a senior farewell party at the Prosser Family Campground in Truckee, California.

“And so I was just like, OK. Be safe. Don’t like, do anything stupid,” he told KTXL.

The Independent’s Rachel Sharp has the full story:

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ICYMI: Police say adults are discouraging teens from coming forward

During a press conference on Friday, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office said it had received reports of adults in the community deterring teenagers from coming forward.

Public information officer Angela Musallam said if those reports proved true, they were actively impeding the investigation.

“Our interest is not arresting, prosecuting, or holding any individuals accountable for any underage drinking or illegal drug that did occur at the Prosser Family Campground,” Ms Musullam said.

“Our sole purpose in this investigation and search is to bring Kiely home to her family.”

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Friend recounts final call before Kiely’s disappearance

A friend of missing teen Kiely Rodni has spoken about the pair’s final phone call before her friend vanished from a campground party in California.

Samantha Smith, 18, told The Independent on Monday she was the last person to speak with 16-year-old Kiely after midnight on Saturday.

“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,” Samantha said on Monday.

Investigators said they have no information about Kiely’s whereabouts after 12.33am.

The Independent’s Andrea Blanco has the full story:

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Kiely’s mother reveals she almost didn’t go to camp party

The mother of Kiely Rodni has revealed that her daughter almost didn’t go to the campground party the night she disappeared as she issued a gut-wrenching plea to local teenagers to help “piece together” what happened.

Lindsey Rodni-Nieman spoke to The Independent on Thursday as the search for her missing 16-year-old daughter entered its fifth day and investigators are no closer to getting answers as to her whereabouts.

She said that Kiely had planned to go to a car show in Reno with her mother on Friday night but texted her during the day to say that she was going to go to a party at the Prosser Family Campground instead.

Ms Rodni-Nieman said she wishes Kiely had never gone to the party that night and had joined her at the car show that night. But she said thinking like that is “not helpful”.

The Independent’s Rachel Sharp has the full story:

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RECAP: Everything we know about Kiely’s disappearance

A desperate search continues for 16-year-old Kiely Rodni, who vanished from a party at a northern California campground on 5 August.

Kiely was last seen around 12.30am on Saturday (6 August) near the Prosser Family Campground in Truckee, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office said.

She is described as white, 5’7” tall, and 115 pounds with blonde hair and hazel eyes. She has numerous piercings and jewelry, including a nose ring, and was last seen wearing green Dickies pants and a black tank top.

The FBI, Homeland Security, California Highway Patrol and several other local law enforcement agencies have joined the Placer Sheriff’s Office in the search for Kiley. Hundreds of investigators and K-9 units are searching for Kiely, but no leads have emerged that could possibly indicate what happened to her after the party.

The Independent’s Andrea Blanco has the full story: