Authorities announce new phase in search for missing teen Kiely Rodni

Authorities in Northern California have announced a new phase in the ongoing search for a teenager who disappeared after a party 11 days ago.
"We are moving into a more limited but continuous search and rescue operation," said Capt. Sam Brown of the Nevada County Sheriff's Office during a news conference Monday. "We need to switch modes and focus on the investigation end and try to figure out where we're going from there."
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Kiely Rodni, 16, was last seen around 12:30 a.m. local time on August 6 near the Prosser family's campground in the small town of Truckee, about 20 miles north of Lake Tahoe. She was at a party with more than 300 people when she disappeared with her vehicle, a silver 2013 Honda CRV with California license plates and a decal of a ram under the rear wiper blade, according to Placer County's lead sheriff's office the search and investigation .
PHOTO: Kiely Rodni and her car are pictured in a picture posted by the Placer County Sheriff's Office on their Twitter account. (Placer County Sheriff's Office/Twitter)
Since then, Rodni's cell phone has been out of service.
"Her cell phone went dead and shortly thereafter became virtually untraceable," Placer County Sheriff's Office public information officer Angela Musallam told ABC News during an interview aired Aug. 9 on Good Morning America.
With no sign of Rodni or her car, detectives aren't ruling out a possible kidnapping, Musallam said. "Right now we have no evidence to support a kidnapping," Placer County Sgt. Scott Alford told reporters during an Aug. 9 news conference.
"We consider everything," Alford said. "This is a missing persons case, this is a search and rescue operation."
PHOTO: Kiely Rodni's car can be seen in a picture posted by the Placer County Sheriff's Office to their Facebook account. The car has a ram sticker just below the rear wiper blade. Rodni disappeared from a campground near Lake Tahoe on August 6, 2022. (Placer County Sheriff's Office/Facebook)
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Dozens of law enforcement officers were involved in the search, including foot patrols, aircraft, dog and dive teams. Other local, state, and federal agencies, including the Truckee Police Department, the Nevada County Sheriff's Office, the California Highway Patrol, and the FBI, are assisting the Placer County Sheriff's Office in the investigation, Musallam said.
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Rodni was also placed on the FBI's missing persons database. Among the more than 1,200 leads the FBI received and combed through, investigators have followed several leads, including digging up a burial site near the Prosser family's campsite -- only to find the remains of a dog.
"It's important to hold on to hope," Rodni's mother, Lindsey Rodni-Nieman, told ABC News in an interview with GMA on Tuesday. She then added, "It's okay to be sad and frustrated, it's okay to feel that fear."
PHOTO: Kiely Rodni is pictured in a picture posted to her Facebook account by the Placer County Sheriff's Office. Rodni disappeared from a campsite in Northern California, near Lake Tahoe, in the early hours of August 6, 2022. (Placer County Sheriff's Office/Facebook)
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Rodni-Nieman told ABC News the last text message she received from her daughter said she planned to leave the party in about 45 minutes and come "straight home." That was about an hour before Rodni's cell phone last pinged near a lake.
Authorities and Rodni's family are urging anyone who saw her on the night of her disappearance to come forward and everyone at the party to cooperate with the investigation. Specifically, investigators are asking for photos or video from that night to help them put together a timeline. A $50,000 reward is being offered for information leading to Rodni's safe return.
Last week, the Placer County Sheriff's Office said its detectives found surveillance footage of a local business in Truckee, where Rodni was spotted at 6:08 p.m. on Aug. 5. local time, before her disappearance. She was last seen in a black spaghetti strap bodysuit, green Dickies pants with a black belt and black Vans shoes. She may also have a dark gray Lana Del Ray hoodie with the text, "You don't want to be forgotten. You just want to disappear."
PHOTO: Kiely Rodni is pictured in an image from surveillance video posted to her Facebook account by the Placer County Sheriff's Office. Video from a local business in Truckee, Nv. shows Kiely at 6:08 p.m. on August 5 before she went missing. (Placer County Sheriff's Office/Facebook)
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On Sunday, however, the Placer County Sheriff's Office said its detectives had "developed information" that Rodni was seen in another video taken at the party that night wearing a white sweatshirt with the pink slogan "odd future." wore. It remains unclear if she was wearing that sweatshirt when she disappeared.
"I recognize both sweatshirts," Rodni's mother told ABC News. "The darker one belongs to her best friend. The lighter one is something I've seen her wear over and over again."
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Anyone with information about Rodni or her whereabouts can call the Placer County Sheriff's Office Hotline at 530-581-6320 and select option seven. Callers can remain anonymous.
ABC News' Meredith Deliso and Veronica Miracle contributed to this report.
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