California – The search for missing teen Kiely Rodni led divers to the reservoir where she was last seen before going missing about two weeks ago.
According to the reports, the diving crew found an overturned Honda CRV 2013 near the Prosser Creek Reservoir lake this Sunday afternoon.
This is the same spot where Kiely Rodni was last seen at a graduation party.
The diver spotted the vehicle underwater and stated that the license plate on the car matched the number plate of the Honda that Kiely Rodni was driving while she disappeared.
Police have still not identified the body and the family’s spokeswoman stated that they cannot confirm whether the recovered body is of Rodni or not.
According to the reports, Kiely Rodni was last seen in Truckee, California on 6th August. She had gone to a party with friends and acquaintances. The eyewitnesses revealed that Rodni had been drinking profusely at the party.
More than 20,000 hours had been spent already in the search for the missing teenager. This divers team is Oregon-based and this was the fourth attempt to search for the missing girl after three different police diving teams had already searched the lake reservoir.
The Oregon-based team went back again to check even though they were assured by the police teams that the reservoir had been searched thoroughly.
“Police told us they did a rigorous search of this body of water,” said the divers team. “They gave us a grid map and made us confident we didn’t need to search here.”
Nick Rinn, the 48-year-old diver, found a body in a car that was 14 feet deep and very close to the reservoir’s shore.
“I went down and did my inspection. I saw the vehicle upside down, verified the license plate, and that there were remains in the vehicle,” said Rinn. “Then I came out, we called the family and authorities and let them take it from there.”
According to Rinn, the car was visible through sonar only. It couldn’t be spotted from the surface.
“Our sonar showed an object bigger than a rock that shouldn’t have been there,” said Rinn. “One of our divers went underwater and was able to identify a vehicle.”
Rinn also stated that the level of water in the reservoir had been higher in the past two weeks therefore the previous teams of police divers missed the car.
“Now the water has receded and we’re seeing the vehicle go farther into the water than maybe [police] thought,” he said. “When a vehicle goes in the water, it has air trapped in it for a while so it will float for a little way before it fills with water and sinks.”
The car and deceased body were found just at the edge of the Prosser creek reservoir. This spot is known as “the sanctuary” and is very popular among the locals for boating, camping, canoeing, and fishing. The site is ideal for RV camping and teen camping and also has access to a boat ramp and parking.