In search for Kiely Rodni, FBI dig up Tahoe campsite ‘burial site,’ find dead dog


A lead in the disappearance of Tahoe teen Kiely Rodni turned into another dead end as the FBI spent a day meticulously digging up a “potential burial site” that turned out to contain only a dog.

Once again, a frustrating tip — law enforcement have so far received over 1,000 — failed to bring loved ones any closer to finding Kiely. The 16-year-old Truckee girl has been missing more than a week, vanishing seemingly without a trace from a campground party on August 6. The latest updates in the search were shared at a press conference on Saturday.

“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.”

Captain Sam Brown of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the last known ping from Kiely’s cell phone was around 12:30 a.m. on August 6, the day she went missing from a party of over 200-300 teens and young adults at the Prosser Family Campground in Truckee. According to mother Lindsey Rodni-Nieman, Kiely sent her a final text that said she would be “straight home” in about 45 minutes. A friend said Kiely planned on spending the night at the campground and was too intoxicated to drive. 

Brown said the last ping was near Prosser Lake, a manmade reservoir that surrounds the campground, but 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.”

Kiely Rodni, 16, was last seen in Truckee on Aug. 6, 2022. 

Placer County Sheriff’s Office/Handout

Swimmers and divers have been deployed day after day at the lake. Brown said its deepest point is about 57 feet and visibility is challenging. “A diving operation like that is almost like you’re going into the water blind, and you’re basically searching with hands,” he said. “Because once you start maneuvering the ground, it’s like going through mud. These are tough operations.”

Kiely was last seen between 12:30 a.m. and 1 a.m. on August 6, near the Prosser Family Campground, about 10 minutes north of Truckee. Her vehicle, a silver 2013 Honda CRV, is also missing, and her phone has been out of service since she disappeared. The sheriff’s office and FBI are treating the case as a possible abduction because Kiely’s vehicle is still missing. Kiely 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.

Kiely Rodni was caught on surveillance footage at a Truckee business on Aug. 5, 2022, shortly before she attended the party from which she went missing.

Kiely Rodni was caught on surveillance footage at a Truckee business on Aug. 5, 2022, shortly before she attended the party from which she went missing.

Placer County Sheriff’s Office/Handout

Kiely is 5-foot-7 and 115 pounds and has blonde hair, hazel eyes and a nose ring. She has multiple piercings and a tattoo of the number 17 on her ribs. Her silver Honda CRV has the California license plate 8YUR127. Kiely’s family runs the Lost Trail Lodge in Truckee, about a 12-mile drive from the Prosser campground.

A photo of Kiely Rodni's 2013 silver Honda CRV with the California license plate 8YUR127.

A photo of Kiely Rodni’s 2013 silver Honda CRV with the California license plate 8YUR127.

Placer County Sheriff’s Office/Handout

Anyone with information regarding Kiely’s disappearance is asked to immediately contact the Placer County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 530-581-6320, option 7. Callers may remain anonymous. Tips can also be sent to [email protected] and photos can be submitted anonymously here. Kiely’s friends and family are organizing daily searches in the area; information can be found at

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