The party where Kiely Rodni, 16, disappeared was like ‘Lord of the Flies’ and fraught with illegal activity, friends have revealed

THE party where missing teenager Kiely Rodni was last seen has been likened to ‘Lord of the Flies’ by friends, who revealed it was full of illegal activity.

Kiely, 16, was last seen just after midnight Saturday at a graduation ceremony at Prosser Family Campground near the town of Truckee, California.

Kiely was last seen on Saturday night


Kiely was last seen on Saturday nightCredit: The US Sun
Sami Smith said the party was packed "illegal activity"


Sami Smith said the party was full of ‘illegal activity’Photo credit: Sami Smith
The search for Kiely, 16, continues


The search for Kiely, 16, continuesCredit: AP

Kiely’s best friend, Sami Smith, shared footage from Saturday night’s party.

The video shows dozens of teenagers scattered around the campsite, which is littered with what appear to be bottles of alcohol.

In another scene, a group of teenagers seemed to gather around some kind of light.

Smith told The Sun: “I think a lot of them were afraid to talk, they were involved in illegal activities in the woods, it’s like this Lord of the Flies room where they can just be.

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“We’ve said time and time again, we’re not investigating any of yours, we’re working with you on a missing person investigation, it’s not about things you shouldn’t have done.

“But it’s also hard because there are so many teenagers, how are their relationships with their parents? That can define a lot of what they will say. Are you used to hiding everything?

“They are afraid of the consequences or how they will be viewed, how their parents will react. But at this point, who cares? We have to find her.”

Another source also told The Sun that the teens sometimes “fought” and both smoked weed and drank alcohol.

“We have no new leads and this is very frustrating for us,” said Lt. Barnhart of the Placer County Sheriff’s Office during a news conference Wednesday afternoon.

They now had more than 300 leads, but nothing solid that suggested what might have happened to Kiely.

The FBI now has around 50 employees helping with the search, and law enforcement says they’re knocking on doors and checking CCTV of stores, gas stations and other businesses, along with ring camera footage of residents’ homes.

So far, according to police, no one has come forward to say they saw her leaving the party.

But police added they thought someone knew and didn’t come forward.

Kiely’s phone has been off since 12:30 a.m. Saturday morning, police said on Wednesday.

The teenager had an iPad, which is with her family, and her laptop is said to have been in her car, which is still missing.

Police have searched using ATVs, helicopters and on foot and have found no evidence Kiely walked near her home.

An Amber Alert was not issued as authorities say Kiely’s case does not yet meet criteria.

The latest updates come just hours after detectives revealed a photo of Kiely captured on surveillance footage.

She had been spotted at 6.08pm on August 5 before going missing.

Kiely wore a black spaghetti strap bodysuit, green Dickies pants with a black grommet belt and black Vans.


Kiely’s mother, Lindsey Rodni-Nieman, said she knew her daughter would be partying in the woods but was not worried.

“There’s been parties there every weekend for years,” she told the US Sun.

“It feels like a safe place. It’s a campsite, [with] paved roads, they can sleep overnight if they want.

“This community feels very safe… that kind of thing doesn’t happen here. It feels surreal.”

The statements follow a video message Lindsey posted to Facebook asking for the public’s help in finding her daughter.

“We just want her to be home. We are so scared and we miss her so much and we love her so much.

“And Kiely, we love you, and if you see this, please just come home,” the emotional mom said, fighting back tears.

“I want nothing more than to hug you.

“And if anyone else is out there, if you know where she is, if you know anything about where she might be, if you have any ideas or thoughts, please come forward and share.”


On Tuesday, a group of divers were called out to search a 90-foot dam at Prosser Creek Reservoir, about an hour from Lake Tahoe, as the search for the missing teenager mounted.

Around 50 volunteers met this morning at the local recreation center where their family is staying in a mobile home, and dozens more joined throughout the day.

A loved one was heard saying, “We’re going to find her, we’re going to find her, we’re not to be fooled here.”

There are 10 people from the Hasty team on site at the 760-acre reservoir — a subgroup of the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office that specializes in scuba diving.

They traveled from Reno and were at the reservoir around 9:50 a.m. on Tuesday. They have yet to get into the water, but a spokesman told The US Sun the dam is 90 feet deep.

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office is treating the teen’s disappearance as a “kidnapping” after her SUV went missing.

Officials are looking for Kiely’s 2013 Honda CRV, which has a California license plate of 8YUR127.

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Kiely is described as being 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing 115 pounds with blonde hair and hazel eyes.

She was last seen in green Dickies pants, a black tank top and jewellery. The 16-year-old also has numerous piercings and a nose ring. The party where Kiely Rodni, 16, disappeared was like ‘Lord of the Flies’ and fraught with illegal activity, friends have revealed


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