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Update: Searchers release surveillance camera photo of missing Truckee teen Kiely Rodni

Mother's emotional plea for help locating missing Truckee 16-year-old
Mother's emotional plea for help locating missing Truckee 16-year-old 01:29

TRUCKEE -- Hours before she disappeared, an image of missing 16-year-old Kiely Rodni was recorded on a surveillance camera at a Truckee business.

In the photo, she appears to be smiling and not in any distress.

Meanwhile, more than 260 personnel from a variety of law enforcement agencies and two aircraft continued their search of the Tahoe region Wednesday for any sign of the teen or her car.

Placer County Sheriff's Office/Sami Smith

Rodni was last seen attending a party over the weekend near the Prosser Family Campground located just north of Truckee.

According to the Placer County sheriff's office, she was at a party of more than 100 juveniles and young adults before disappearing. She was driving a silver 2013 Honda CRVN with a California license plate No. 8YUR127, which is also missing and her cell phone is not working.

"Anyone who was at that party that night, please come to law enforcement, please go to the tip line, it is anonymous if they want to remain anonymous," Placer County Sheriff Lt. Josh Barnhart said at a press conference.

Barnhart said investigators have collected a lot of videos from gas stations, private businesses and residences and they are going through the painstaking task of reviewing all the footage for any signs of the teenager. But he said not getting any new leads from people who may have seen her the night of her disappearance is very frustrating.

"Someone saw her but they're not coming forward," Barnhart added.

On Sunday, her mother, Lindsey Rodni-Nieman, took to social media to issue an emotional plea for help locating her daughter.

"We're so scared and we miss her so much, and we love her so much," Rodni-Nieman said in the video message. "And Kiely if you see please just come home. I want nothing more than to hug you."

Authorities said Kiely is 5-foot-7 and 115 pounds and has blonde hair, hazel eyes and a nose ring. She was wearing a black tank top and green Dickies pants when she was last seen.

"We are treating her disappearance as an abduction right now because we have not been able to locate her vehicle," sheriff's spokesperson Angela Musallam said.  

Officials said a helicopter has been searching from the air along the I-80 corridor between Donner Summit and the Nevada border and marine units from three local sheriff's offices have searched at Prosser Creek Reservoir. Officials have also deployed scent-tracking dogs.

"We're struggling with clues and so searches aren't super successful if you don't have a direction on where to search," said Nevada County Sheriff's Office captain Sam Brown.

If anyone has any information where Kiely may be, please call the Placer County sheriff tip line at (530) 581-6320, Option 7.    

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