A vehicle has been found in Prosser Lake, near the last estimated location of missing Nevada County, California teen Kiely Rodni, a sheriff official said Sunday.
The discovery in the lake about 35 miles west of Reno, Nevada, was announced Sunday afternoon by a private collective of divers known as Adventures With Purpose.
Andrew Trygg, a spokesman for the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, said investigators at the scene were trying to determine if the vehicle is the one Rodni was driving.
He said reports of remains near the vehicle were unconfirmed.
In a statement, Adventures With Purpose said it had found a vehicle and is in the lake.
The team did not immediately respond to questions about what prompted it to express confidence that the find is related to the missing person’s case.
“It was found in 14 feet of water,” the team said. Doug Bishop of Adventures With Purpose said the discovery, about 300 yards from the campground, was made using sonar imaging technology.
Authorities had said they were looking for a 2013 Honda CR-V that Rodni was driving.
Although Rodni and the vehicle disappeared after her cell phone last sent information at a party near the lake Prosser Family Campground around 12:30 a.m. on Aug. 6, authorities have been focusing on a possible kidnapping and have charged multiple noted the presence of young people attending the celebration.
More than two weeks of searching for Rodni included an 80-mile aerial search, a Thursday search of the lake by a dive team with the neighboring Placer County Sheriff’s Office, and a Thursday compliance investigation of local residents convicted of sex-related crimes. , which in California can include indecent exposure during public urination.
Adventures With Purpose reported its find after joining the search on Friday.
Rodni was last seen at an outdoor party with more than 100 other people on Aug. 6 near the campground north of Truckee, California, local authorities said.
The site is on a piece of land with the lake shore in almost all directions.
Rodni’s family said in a statement on Saturday that they were seeking time away from the spotlight.
“As we remind each other to take a deep breath and focus on our own self-care, we find ourselves needing a private and quiet space to start healing and secure our foundations before we step in tomorrow,” it said.
The statement continued: “We will celebrate together when you get home and make our harmony perfect again. We love you Kiely, forever and ever.”
Todd Miyazawa contributed.