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Teen girl, fugitive father killed in highway shootout with police in California

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A 15-year-old girl and her fugitive father who abducted her were killed in a highway shootout with police in California, officials said.


Savannah Graziano was running toward San Bernardino County sheriffs in tactical gear on Interstate 15 in Hesperia as the officers shot at her father, Anthony John Graziano, who is wanted for the murder of Savannah’s mother
Police did not say if the shots that killed the girl had been fired by the officers or her father in the morning shootout.


San Bernardino County Sheriff Shannon Dicus said Savannah may be responsible for some of the fired shots.
There may be some indications that the passenger of the vehicle which we believe is Savannah may have been involved in some of the fire exchange,” Dicus said at a press conference, calling the case “highly complex.”


“There may be some information that the passenger was involved in firing back at the deputies and we’re still trying to confirm that at this point.”
Savannah was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Her father was killed at the scene, police said on Twitter
Police said it will take “at least 24 hours” for new information to emerge due to the wide-spanning area where bullets were fired.
Graziano had been on the run since Monday morning after he allegedly killed his wife, Tracy Martinez, with multiple gunshots in Fontana, California.
He fled with Savannah in a Nissan Frontier. An Amber Alert was issued warning that Graziano was armed and dangerous.

A 911 caller reported seeing the car in Barstow, sparking a police chase

Authorities disabled the car, and Graziano began shooting at the officers out of his car’s rear window

Gunmen kill teen football player, injure three teammates in ambush outside Pennsylvania HS

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Two gunmen killed a teenage football player and injured three of his teammates in an ambush-style attack outside of a Pennsylvania high school on afternoon, police said.
The violence erupted outside the Roxborough High School in Philadelphia just after 4:40 p.m. as the boys were leaving a football scrimmage against two other schools, according to police.


The gunmen opened fire from a light green Ford Explorer, killing a 14-year-old boy and striking two other teenage boys.
The murdered teenager was shot once in the left side of his chest. He was pronounced dead less than 30 minutes after the attack.
A 17-year-old player was shot once in his right arm and three times in his left leg, while his 14-year-old teammate was shot once in the left thigh, police said.


A fourth victim sustained a graze wound, ABC7 reported.
Authorities said the surviving teens were hospitalized in stable condition.
Police are still investigating and no arrests have been made.

Autopsy confirms body found in reservoir is California girl

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TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) — An autopsy Tuesday confirmed that a body found inside a car submerged in a Northern California reservoir is that of 16-year-old Kiely Rodni, who disappeared after going to a large youth party earlier this month, authorities said.
No other results of the autopsy were released in a Facebook post by the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office.
“This is an ongoing investigation, and no other information is available at this time,” it said.
The discovery was made during the weekend by a volunteer dive team and Nevada County Sheriff Shannan Moon told a press conference that it was believed to be the body of the Truckee, California, girl, although the autopsy was pending.
Rodni was last seen alive Aug. 6 at a party of hundreds of youth at a campground at Prosser Reservoir in Tahoe National Forest, about 165 miles (266 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco.
Her disappearance triggered a huge search by multiple law enforcement agencies over two weeks, including underwater searches of the reservoir by dive teams.
volunteer searchers with a sonar-equipped group called Adventures with Purpose found Rodni’s car upside down with a body inside in about 14 feet (4.2 meters) of water in the reservoir, about 55 feet (16.7 meters) offshore.
How she ended up in the water is under investigation by the California Highway Patrol’s major accident investigation team.
The area has curvy roads, and photos of the area where the car was pulled out of the reservoir show a wide expanse of bare shoreline that appears to gradually slope toward the water.

Autopsy confirms body found in reservoir is missing teen Kiely Rodni

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TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) — An autopsy confirmed that a body found inside a car submerged in a Northern California reservoir is that of 16-year-old Kiely Rodni, who disappeared after going to a large youth party earlier this month, authorities said.

No other results of the autopsy were released in a Facebook post by the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office.

“This is an ongoing investigation, and no other information is available at this time,” it said.

The discovery was made during the weekend by a volunteer dive team and Nevada County Sheriff Shannan Moon told a press conference that it was believed to be the body of the Truckee, California, girl, although the autopsy was pending.

Rodni was last seen alive Aug. 6 at a party of hundreds of youth at a campground at Prosser Reservoir in Tahoe National Forest, about 165 miles (266 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco.

Her disappearance triggered a huge search by multiple law enforcement agencies over two weeks, including underwater searches of the reservoir by dive teams.

volunteer searchers with a sonar-equipped group called Adventures with Purpose found Rodni’s car upside down with a body inside in about 14 feet (4.2 meters) of water in the reservoir, about 55 feet (16.7 meters) offshore.

How she ended up in the water is under investigation by the California Highway Patrol’s major accident investigation team.

The area has curvy roads, and photos of the area where the car was pulled out of the reservoir show a wide expanse of bare shoreline that appears to gradually slope toward the water.

Teen girl missing after attending party in Lake Tahoe area

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TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in Northern California are asking for the public’s help in finding a 16-year-old girl who went missing after attending a party at a campground and may have been abducted.

Kiely Rodni, of Truckee, was last seen near the Prosser Family Campground in Truckee at a party attended by more than 100 juveniles and young adults, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office said.

Her phone has been out of service since the party, and her car, a 2013 silver Honda CRV, has not been found, the office said.

The teen’s disappearance is being treated as an abduction because officials have not been able to find her car, said Angela Musallam, a spokeswoman with the sheriff’s office.

Her family is offering a $50,000 reward and has set up a website with information on the disappearance and how to get information to authorities.

Lindsey Rodni-Nieman, the girl’s mother, pleaded in an online video shared by authorities for anyone with information to come forward.

 “We just want her home,” Rodni-Nieman said. “We’re so scared, and we miss her so much.”

Rodni’s friend, Sami Smith, who was at the party with her, said that Rodni was planning to spend the night at the campground.

“I know that she wasn’t in the right mindset or state to drive. And if she were to have driven, she wouldn’t have made it far,” Smith told KOVR-TV. “So my concern is that somebody might have offered to drive her home and then didn’t take her home.”

Kiely Rodni case: Body found in lake ‘more than likely’ missing Northern California teen

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The search for missing Northern California teen Kiely Rodni came to a sad conclusion when law enforcement officials said remains found in a submerged car are “more than likely” hers.

The California Highway Patrol is investigating the matter as an accident, officials said.

The vehicle was found in Prosser Lake, in Truckee about 35 miles west of Reno, Nevada, by Adventures With Purpose, a private collective of divers who had been helping in the search.

“We have located a decedent inside the vehicle.

We believe it is our missing person,” Nevada County Sheriff Shannan Moon told reporters. “We have not been able to positive identify [the victim], but it’s more than likely where we are today.”

The teen’s family thanked law enforcement, volunteers and everyone who helped support them.

“While we accept this sadness cast under death’s shadow, the rising sun shines light upon us, reminding us not to mourn our loss, but to celebrate Kiely’s spirit and the gift that we all received in knowing her,” her family said in a statement. “Kiely will surely remain with us even though we will not get her back.”

Television news crews captured video Sunday of what appeared to be a silver SUV being pulled from the water.

Searchers had been looking for Rodni, 16, and her car, a silver 2013 Honda CRV, for weeks.

Volunteer searchers shared video of the submerged SUV on Monday, appearing to show a California license plate that matches the one on Rodni’s SUV.

Before the volunteer crew arrived, divers and swimmers — affiliated with local law enforcement agencies and armed with sonar and other equipment — didn’t detect the car that was found.

Nevada County Sheriff’s Capt. Sam Brown said his agency will be taking a closer look at any possible shortcomings of their search.

“That’s a great question. That’s one that everyone is going to have, right, ‘How did we not find it while we were searching?'” Brown said.

Rodni was last seen Aug. 6, along with hundreds of other partying teens, at the nearby Prosser Family Campground, in an area known as “The Sanctuary” in Truckee.

She vanished, and authorities initially worried that their search was slowed because witnesses may have hesitated to come forward because of possible underage drinking.

Early reports cast Rodni’s disappearance, incorrectly, as a possible abduction, Brown said.

Brown added the miscommunication may have inadvertently helped the investigation.

“We also probably wouldn’t have received all the services and all the people if [a possible kidnapping] wasn’t an option,” he said. “If this was truly a search-and-rescue mission, we may not have had all the resources to conduct interviews.”

An autopsy is set.

Adventures With Purpose thanked local law enforcement Monday for allowing it to join the search.

The divers plan to take their equipment this week to Selma, California, in hope of finding Jolissa Fuentes, 22, who hasn’t been seen since Aug. 6.

The team also hopes to assist San Luis Obispo law enforcement officers in their search for Annette Adams, who was last heard from on April 25.

“Hug your loved ones a little tighter. Take the time to take time, as we never know when it’ll be our last opportunity to do so. I hope, as tragic as this outcome turned out to be, that this will carry on so that we are able to help the next family we did here,” diver Nick Rinn said.

Body found in reservoir believed to be California teen

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TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) — A body found in a Northern California reservoir is believed to be that of 16-year-old Kiely Rodni, who went missing weeks ago after attending a large party at a Sierra Nevada campground, authorities said.

Nevada County Sheriff Shannan Moon told a press conference that the body had not been identified yet but “we believe it is our missing person.” The body was found when the teen’s submerged car was located, but officials offered no theory of how it ended up in the water.

Rodni’s family thanked the searchers for their help in a statement Monday and said they would be grieving privately.

“While we accept this sadness cast under death’s shadow, the rising sun shines light upon us, reminding us not to mourn our loss, but to celebrate Kiely’s spirit and the gift that we all received in knowing her,” the Rodni-Nieman family wrote in the statement. “Kiely will surely remain with us even though we will not get her back.”

Volunteer divers with a sonar-equipped group called Adventures with Purpose said they found Kiely Rodni of Truckee inside her car, which they said came to rest upside down under about 14 feet (4.2 meters) of water in Prosser Reservoir, about 55 feet (16.7 meters) offshore.

Adventures with Purpose search members Doug Bishop and Nick Rinn briefly described the search in a Facebook livestream Monday morning. Rinn said they were limited in the scope of details they could release. The Oregon-based group says it has solved more than 20 missing persons cases using sonar and search-and-rescue techniques for its dive team.

Bishop said they put two sonar boats in the water at 10:40 a.m. and by 11:15 a.m. Rinn detected an object with sonar technology. Bishop said he was able to confirm it was a vehicle. Rinn put on his gear and conducted the dive to examine the car.

“Once we confirmed it was indeed Kiely’s vehicle we immediately notified family, law enforcement and (the teen’s) dad and grandpa were on scene within minutes,” Bishop said.

Ann Riordan, a longtime Truckee resident and family friend, said she had been holding out hope and joined in the search every day she wasn’t working.

“It’s probably one of the worst things that’s happened in this community in the 45 years I’ve lived here,” she said.

Nevada County sheriff’s Capt. Sam Brown said the law enforcement task force now needs to determine how and why Adventures with Purpose divers found Rodni’s body despite searches in the area by the task force. He said it was not yet clear whether the volunteer group had better equipment or advanced training — or both — that the sheriffs’ offices and other agencies may not have.

Brown also noted among changed conditions the reservoir’s water level has dropped as much as 4 feet (1.2 meters) since Aug. 6.

“In hindsight, everything looks 20/20,” Brown said. “The reality is, it’s not that simple. It is pretty complex and it’s tough.”

Brown did not say whether police believe she drove into the lake or could have been a victim of foul play. An autopsy is scheduled.

The area has curvy roads, and photos of the area where the car was pulled out of the reservoir show a wide expanse of bare shoreline that appears to gradually slope toward the water.

Rodni was last seen alive Aug. 6 near the Prosser Family Campground in Truckee, attending a party with hundreds of young people, authorities have said. The campground is at the reservoir in the Sierra Nevada, about 165 miles (266 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco.

Her friend, Sami Smith was at the party with her and said Rodni had been planning to spend the night at the campground.

“I know that she wasn’t in the right mindset or state to drive. And if she were to have driven, she wouldn’t have made it far,” Smith told KOVR-TV.

Friends and family feared she had been kidnapped. Her phone had been out of service since the party, and her 2013 silver Honda CR-V had not been found.

Marine units from three local sheriff’s offices searched the reservoir. The search grew to a wide area of California and Nevada and involved at least 16 local, state and federal enforcement agencies.

Shane Weinreis, president and dive officer of Montana-based U.S. Water Rescue Dive Team, said such searches are akin to looking for a needle in a haystack.

“It’s not uncommon for agencies and teams to do a search and not find anything and then another team comes in and does find something,” he said.

Rodni’s car probably traveled 75 feet (22.8 meters) from the shoreline on the day it went into the reservoir -– a long distance for divers to cover initially, Weinreis said.

But as the water level dropped several feet the shoreline expanded, meaning the distance in the water to the car, decreased to a more reasonable distance.

“If divers were searching from the shore, it would have been easier for them to be searching now versus when they first started,” he said.

Dozens of family and friends also searched and offered a $50,000 reward. Authorities did not know Monday if Adventures with Purpose would receive the reward.

Officials praised Adventures with Purpose, but said the group’s success was based on information that law enforcement shared with them, including maps and cellphone ping locations.

Yet Brown said he did not think the task force had been officially notified that the group had discovered Rodni’s car.

“I think we reached out to them after we read it online,” he said.

Adventures With Purpose announced on Facebook that divers had located Rodni just before 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The group’s YouTube page, which has nearly 2.5 million subscribers, features heavily edited videos of their cases, as well as footage of dives for underwater treasure, missing cars, boats and guns. The “episode” featuring Rodni’s case will be uploaded within a week or so, Bishop said.

The team provides its services to families for free but relies on donations, sponsorships and merchandise purchases for funding.

But the group considered taking legal action in 2020 after the team found the body of Ethan Kazmerzak, an Iowa man who had been missing since 2013, and wanted to collect the $100,000 reward. It was not immediately clear whether a lawsuit was ever filed.

“We understand that the resource we provide with our unique skill set is rare and it is an honor to help agencies and families all across the nation,” Bishop said Monday. “We will be working together with authorities here to share this knowledge over the next couple of days.”

AN AUTOPSY conducted today on the body found in the Prosser Reservoir confirmed the identity of Kiely Rodni.

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Helping the family to sell their secluded lodge, realtor Jim Wiggins of Corcoran Global Living currently holds the listing.

In a phone interview with The U.S Sun, Wiggins said: “The family were just tired from running the business for so long and had cleaned the place up real well before Kiely’s disappearance.

“I’ve spoken to them, they’re devastated but are relieved she was finally found … they’re coping as best they can.

“Kiely grew up there and had been living at the lodge until she disappeared,” he added.

“Now that she’s gone, the family is even more motivated to move ahead with the sale of this property.”

24TH AUG 2022, 09:30

Kiely’s family is trying to sell lodge

Kiely Rodni’s family has put the secluded ski lodge where they live and work up for sale as the body pulled from Prosser Reservoir was confirmed to be the missing teen.

The rustic property, a small four-bedroom hotel called The Lost Trail Lodge, is owned by her grandfather David Robertson and has been put on the market for $1.75M.

Kiely had been living at the lodge with her family before her life was cut tragically short.

The 2710-square-foot cabin – which is located roughly 12 miles from where Kiely vanished – was listed for sale on July 11.

24TH AUG 2022, 09:15

‘Devastating reality’

Many have taken to social media to mourn Kiely while some lament how simple it might have been for the teen to get home.

One Twitter user posted a screenshot of Uber prices from the party site to Kiely’s home, writing that “all it would [have] taken was someone taking her keys, and $40.”

24TH AUG 2022, 09:00

‘This was an extremely f****d up situation’

Jagger Westfall, Kiely’s boyfriend, shared a video on social media in which he struggled with the discovery’s reality.

“This was an insanely f*****d up situation and still is insanely f*****d up and I still don’t know how to process it and I don’t think I’m ever going to be able to process it,” he said.

“I know it f*****g hurts and I know it hurts all of you and I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who put the effort in and tried so f*****g hard to bring her home, it really means a lot to me and I’m sure it means a lot to her too. Thank you.”

Jagger added: “She wouldn’t want us sitting around sad as f— all the time, she wants us to be happy and she wants us to be safe and she wants us to have a good life, that’s all she ever wanted for anyone.”

24TH AUG 2022, 08:32

Friend said Kiely had seemed drunk

Sami Smith, 18, a close friend of Kiely’s, helped to lead the search with the teen’s family as they spoke to many of the attendees at an unregulated party at a local campground with the 16-year-old before she went missing.

“She was telling her mom she was going to be the designated driver because that’s how she was going out to the party, giving an alibi so that her mom didn’t freak out and say, ‘I want you home earlier,’” Smith told The U.S. Sun.

“The person she said she was going to drive out actually drove me out there, so I know she only drove one friend out.

“She planned on getting drunk and getting f***ed up. I asked her earlier on in the night if she could take me home, but she was in no fit state to drive.

“As it gets closer to the 72 hour mark, I haven’t slept in two days now. I’ve had a maximum of four hours sleep combined. It’s rough, I’ll say honestly.”

Friends further revealed they think the older boys, aged around 20-21, came in from Sacramento or Nevada City.

Family thinks they had heard about the party through text and social media.

24TH AUG 2022, 08:00

Reddit users joined search

Reddit users helped to search for Kiely, 16, as cops moved to a “more limited search-and-rescue effort” 11 days after her disappearance.

Kiely disappeared around 12.30am on August 6 near the Prosser Family Campground in Truckee, California.

A call-to-arms was issued on the VanLife subreddit, which was galvanized after Gabby Petito disappeared while on a “dream” road trip with fiancé Brian Laundrie.

A user posted to the group on Monday asking all VanLife members to check their dashcam footage if they were near the campground when Kiely disappeared.

A flier was shared showing several photos of Kiely, along with her 2013 Honda CRV and a sticker on the vehicle.

24TH AUG 2022, 07:32

Who is Kiely Rodni?

Kiely Rodni was a 16-year-old who went missing in August 2022.

She is said to have been enrolled as a music student at Sierra College, according to the Reno Gazette Journal.

Kiely’s mother, Lindsey Rodni-Nieman, posted a heartbreaking video appealing for her daughter to come home.

Divers, who are part of the Adventures With Purpose group, made the shocking discovery of her body in a reservoir in Truckee, California, on August 21.

24TH AUG 2022, 07:00

Private investigator was on scene

A private investigator claims to have been at Prosser Lake with members of Kiely’s family when the diving team located what’s thought to be Kiely’s car and remains.

The investigator added that he couldn’t share details yet, but wrote: “To the team I work with I can’t tell you how much you mean. I am so sorry you are gone Kiely.”

Chilling last photo

A surveillance image of the missing teenager was located and shared by the Placer County Sheriff-Coroner-Marshal’s Office.

Detectives said that Kiely was spotted at a local business in Truckee on August 5 at 6.08pm, two hours before arriving at the party.

Kiely vanished later that night after driving to a huge celebration in the woods.

24TH AUG 2022, 00:30

‘A bad dream’

Kiely’s grandpa David Robertson, 70, previously spoke to The U.S. Sun about his granddaughter’s disappearance, likening the situation to a “bad dream.”

Speaking before her body was recovered from Prosser Reservoir, Robertson said he didn’t believe Kiely would’ve run her car off the road.

“She is tough, she was able to hop in a car and know that road, no problem, where other people might not have wanted to drive down it,” he said.

“She has her own snowmobile, she has her driving license and has been driving for months.”

24TH AUG 2022, 00:00

Lodge has been closed

The Lost Trail Lodge has been temporarily closed since Kiely was first reported missing.

According to a 2007 New York Times profile of the property, Robertson began building the lodge in 1997 after sketching out its design on the back of a napkin.

It took him a total of five years to build, largely because the home wasn’t connected to any proper roads, meaning he had to carry all the materials and furniture uphill piece by piece, “including four hot tubs, 21 beds, a six-burner cast-iron gas stove and three refrigerators,” as per the Times.

Kiely’s grandfather David Robertson, a retired civil engineer, also designed the property to be completely off-grid, generating power from solar panels and a small hydroelectric plant powered by a nearby creek.

At the time of the article’s publishing, the lodge also had no landline phone and no internet, though it’s unclear whether its amenities have been updated in the years since.

“The Lost Trail Lodge and its brethren — similarly isolated hotels scattered across the United States and Canada — manage to make deprivation appealing,” read the Times’ write-up.

“These are places that really force you to get away from it all. They allow no calls to the office or dashes to the computer ‘just to check in.’ The only blackberries are the ones on the bushes.”

23RD AUG 2022, 23:30

Kiely’s family selling home, continued

Helping the family to sell their secluded lodge, realtor Jim Wiggins of Corcoran Global Living currently holds the listing.

In a phone interview with The U.S Sun, Wiggins said: “The family were just tired from running the business for so long and had cleaned the place up real well before Kiely’s disappearance.

“I’ve spoken to them, they’re devastated but are relieved she was finally found … they’re coping as best they can.

“Kiely grew up there and had been living at the lodge until she disappeared,” he added.

“Now that she’s gone, the family is even more motivated to move ahead with the sale of this property.”

23RD AUG 2022, 23:00

Kiely’s family is trying to sell lodge

Kiely Rodni’s family has put the secluded ski lodge where they live and work up for sale as the body pulled from Prosser Reservoir was confirmed to be the missing teen.

The rustic property, a small four-bedroom hotel called The Lost Trail Lodge, is owned by her grandfather David Robertson and has been put on the market for $1.75M.

Kiely had been living at the lodge with her family before her life was cut tragically short.

The 2710-square-foot cabin – which is located roughly 12 miles from where Kiely vanished – was listed for sale on July 11.

23RD AUG 2022, 22:31

AWP found Kiely’s car in 35 minutes

In an update Monday morning, Doug Bishop and Nick Rinn from Adventures with Purpose said they found Kiely’s car with her remains in 35 minutes.

Prior to the involvement of AWP, the sheriff’s department had worked with multiple agencies in an attempt to find Kiely.

Chilling last photo

A surveillance image of the missing teenager was located and shared by the Placer County Sheriff-Coroner-Marshal’s Office.

Detectives said that Kiely was spotted at a local business in Truckee on August 5 at 6.08pm, two hours before arriving at the party.

Kiely vanished later that night after driving to a huge celebration in the woods.

24TH AUG 2022, 00:30

‘A bad dream’

Kiely’s grandpa David Robertson, 70, previously spoke to The U.S. Sun about his granddaughter’s disappearance, likening the situation to a “bad dream.”

Speaking before her body was recovered from Prosser Reservoir, Robertson said he didn’t believe Kiely would’ve run her car off the road.

“She is tough, she was able to hop in a car and know that road, no problem, where other people might not have wanted to drive down it,” he said.

“She has her own snowmobile, she has her driving license and has been driving for months.”

24TH AUG 2022, 00:00

Lodge has been closed

The Lost Trail Lodge has been temporarily closed since Kiely was first reported missing.

According to a 2007 New York Times profile of the property, Robertson began building the lodge in 1997 after sketching out its design on the back of a napkin.

It took him a total of five years to build, largely because the home wasn’t connected to any proper roads, meaning he had to carry all the materials and furniture uphill piece by piece, “including four hot tubs, 21 beds, a six-burner cast-iron gas stove and three refrigerators,” as per the Times.

Kiely’s grandfather David Robertson, a retired civil engineer, also designed the property to be completely off-grid, generating power from solar panels and a small hydroelectric plant powered by a nearby creek.

At the time of the article’s publishing, the lodge also had no landline phone and no internet, though it’s unclear whether its amenities have been updated in the years since.

“The Lost Trail Lodge and its brethren — similarly isolated hotels scattered across the United States and Canada — manage to make deprivation appealing,” read the Times’ write-up.

“These are places that really force you to get away from it all. They allow no calls to the office or dashes to the computer ‘just to check in.’ The only blackberries are the ones on the bushes.”

23RD AUG 2022, 23:30

Kiely’s family selling home, continued

Helping the family to sell their secluded lodge, realtor Jim Wiggins of Corcoran Global Living currently holds the listing.

In a phone interview with The U.S Sun, Wiggins said: “The family were just tired from running the business for so long and had cleaned the place up real well before Kiely’s disappearance.

“I’ve spoken to them, they’re devastated but are relieved she was finally found … they’re coping as best they can.

“Kiely grew up there and had been living at the lodge until she disappeared,” he added.

“Now that she’s gone, the family is even more motivated to move ahead with the sale of this property.”

23RD AUG 2022, 23:00

Kiely’s family is trying to sell lodge

Kiely Rodni’s family has put the secluded ski lodge where they live and work up for sale as the body pulled from Prosser Reservoir was confirmed to be the missing teen.

The rustic property, a small four-bedroom hotel called The Lost Trail Lodge, is owned by her grandfather David Robertson and has been put on the market for $1.75M.

Kiely had been living at the lodge with her family before her life was cut tragically short.

The 2710-square-foot cabin – which is located roughly 12 miles from where Kiely vanished – was listed for sale on July 11.

23RD AUG 2022, 22:31

AWP found Kiely’s car in 35 minutes

In an update Monday morning, Doug Bishop and Nick Rinn from Adventures with Purpose said they found Kiely’s car with her remains in 35 minutes.

Prior to the involvement of AWP, the sheriff’s department had worked with multiple agencies in an attempt to find Kiely.

23RD AUG 2022, 22:00

Tragic footage

Footage showed search and rescue crews pulling a Honda SUV from the water, while a tow truck was waiting by the shoreline.

The group said the car was found in 14 feet of water. The silver vehicle was then covered in a purple tarp once it was brought to shore.

One diver claimed the car‘s registration plate matched Kiely Rodni’s missing vehicle.

23RD AUG 2022, 21:32

Family’s statement, part two

Kiely’s family continued in their statement: “While we accept this sadness cast under death’s shadow, the rising sun shines light upon us, reminding us not to mourn our loss, but to celebrate Kiely’s spirit and the gift that we all received in knowing her.

“Kiely will surely remain with us even though we will not get her back. There are certain occasions when words fail.

“Perhaps this is why our human nature has given us art, dance, and music, which all are often more effective ways to connect us to each other and our rawest emotions.

“Kindly excuse us as we retreat and dance privately to life’s song while we celebrate our daughter’s spirit and heal our souls,” the Rodni-Nieman family concluded.

23RD AUG 2022, 21:00

‘Forever indebted to you’

Following Sunday’s grim find, Kiely’s family expressed their gratitude to their friends and law enforcement officials who helped search for their missing daughter.

“We are eternally grateful for the love and support you have shown us in the last couple of weeks. We have weathered a storm of unfathomable force, and it is purely thanks to the army of warriors, matriarchs, healers and helpers holding us up that we continue to stand today, the family said.

“Mr. Rogers famously told a story of ‘looking for the helpers’ whenever he saw scary things in the news.

“We have not had to look for the helpers, as you have all come to our rescue in full force. We are forever indebted to you.

23RD AUG 2022, 20:33

‘Devastating reality’

Many have taken to social media to mourn Kiely while some lament how simple it might have been for the teen to get home.

One Twitter user posted a screenshot of Uber prices from the party site to Kiely’s home, writing that “all it would [have] taken was someone taking her keys, and $40.”

23RD AUG 2022, 20:00

Kiely’s heartbreaking hopes for future

Kiely’s emotional mother Lindsey Neiman-Rodni, told The U.S. Sun: “Kiely’s birthday is coming up on September 1, I didn’t know what she wanted to do yet,” adding she “just wants her home.”

She said the talented teen, who graduated from high school a year early with honors, had planned to go to the local Sierra College and was deciding between studying music or medicine.

An accomplished musician, her mom said: “She likes to play everything, she started on the violin when she was very young and then moved to the piano a little bit and then guitar, ukulele, and mandolin.”

23RD AUG 2022, 19:31

Too early to tell of any signs of escape

In yesterday’s press conference, the sheriff’s department confirmed that it is too early to tell whether there were signs of escape in the car discovered underwater.

An officer also confirmed that there was only one body in the vehicle.

23RD AUG 2022, 19:00

Details of AWP discovery

Footage from Sunday’s search and rescue showed crews pulling a Honda SUV from the water while a tow truck was waiting by the shoreline.

Private investigator Stephen Fischer told the New York Post that Adventures with Purpose found the Honda just 50 feet away from where Kiely Rodni’s phone last pinged.

AWP diver Nick Rinn also told The Post that the driver’s window of the vehicle had been broken and that Kiely’s body was in the backseat.

The car was reportedly found about 600 yards from the senior party that Kiely had left.

23RD AUG 2022, 18:32

Kiely’s ex-boyfriend shares tribute

Jagger Westfall, Kiely Rodni’s on and off again boyfriend, posted a tribute to the teen by sharing a video of him and Kiely on his Instagram on Monday.

“You were my entire world and you always will be,” the caption starts.

“I will never love someone the way I loved you. I missed you even when I was holding you in my arms. I could never get enough of you.

“I promised I would always be here for you and I still am.”

On his stories, he also shared that he got a tattoo to remember Kiely by, saying “You are forever in my heart and now you are forever a physical part of me.”

23RD AUG 2022, 16:18

Nevada Sheriff’s Office ‘in communication’ with family

The statement that announced the autopsy results also said that the Sheriff’s office is in contact with Kiely’s family.

It read: “The Placer County Sheriff’s Office and the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office are in communication with Kiely’s family and offer our deepest condolences to them during this extremely difficult time.

“This is an ongoing investigation, and no other information is available at this time.”

23RD AUG 2022, 16:05

Kiely Rodni identity CONFIRMED

According to a post from the Placer Sheriff, the identity of Kiely Rodni has been confirmed after the autopsy was performed today.

The post read: “Today, an autopsy was conducted on the deceased individual who was found in the Prosser Reservoir on Sunday, August 21st.

“The Nevada County Sheriff-Coroner has identified the decedent as 16-year-old Kiely Rodni, of Truckee.”

23RD AUG 2022, 18:00

‘This was an extremely f****d up situation’

Jagger Westfall, Kiely’s boyfriend, shared a video on social media in which he struggled with the discovery’s reality.

“This was an insanely f*****d up situation and still is insanely f*****d up and I still don’t know how to process it and I don’t think I’m ever going to be able to process it,” he said.

“I know it f*****g hurts and I know it hurts all of you and I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who put the effort in and tried so f*****g hard to bring her home, it really means a lot to me and I’m sure it means a lot to her too. Thank you.”

Jagger added: “She wouldn’t want us sitting around sad as f— all the time, she wants us to be happy and she wants us to be safe and she wants us to have a good life, that’s all she ever wanted for anyone.”

23RD AUG 2022, 17:30

Users call out authorities for work on Kiely’s case

After a body thought to be that of Kiely Rodni was discovered by an amateur diving crew, California officials have faced criticism for their search for her.

One Twitter user took to the platform, writing: “Crazy how incompetent the local authorities were in this Kiely Rodni case. A team of YouTubers did in 1 day what the police couldn’t do in 2 weeks. Rest In Peace baby girl.”

23RD AUG 2022, 17:00

Kiely’s mom slammed web sleuths

Lindsey Rodni-Nieman slammed so-called web sleuths who circulated false information last week claiming that the teen had been found.

“I knew it was going to be bullsh*t,” Lindsey told The U.S. Sun.

“I’m staying off social media. And I’ve told these poor kids to stay off social media because they’re getting streams of messages and people fighting underneath their posts and accusing, all these terrible things.

“None of it is helpful.”

23RD AUG 2022, 16:30

Calls for reward to be given to Adventures With Purpose

When asked if the dive team would be eligible for the $75,000 reward for information that could lead to Rodni’s discovery, Captain Sam Brown of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office said that he was unable to say.

Despite this, people on social media are calling for Adventures With Purpose to receive the award for their efforts.

23RD AUG 2022, 16:00

Social media users thank AWP for efforts

Twitter users have taken to the platform to thank Adventures With Purpose for bringing the Rodni family answers.

One user wrote: “The people who brought Kieky [SIC] home free of charge. The only mission was to have answers for his family. Thank you AWP #AdventuresWithPurpose for what you guys do. God bless y’all.”

23RD AUG 2022, 15:30

The final text

Kiely’s mother Lindsey Nieman, who posted a heartbreaking video appealing for her daughter to come home, told ABC News that she last heard from Kiely late on Friday night during the party.

Lindsey Rodni-Nieman said Kiely texted her saying she was planning to leave a party in about 45 minutes and would be coming, “straight home.”

“I told her to be safe and that I loved her. And she said, ‘OK, mom. I love you too,’” Rodni-Nieman said.

Police revealed that her phone last pinged near Prosser Lake around 12.30am on Saturday, but has been off since her disappearance.

23RD AUG 2022, 15:00

Kiely’s mom was not worried when she left

Lindsey Rodni-Nieman told the US Sun she wasn’t worried when her daughter left for the party.

“There have been parties there every weekend for years, it feels like a safe spot, it’s a campground, paved roads, they can sleep overnight if they want to,” she said.

“This community feels very safe … this kind of thing does not happen here. It feels surreal.”

23RD AUG 2022, 14:30

What Kiely was last seen wearing

Kiely Rodni was last seen wearing green Dickies pants, and a black tank top, and black vans.

She may have also been wearing a sweatshirt, as police have said she was seen in a white hoodie with the band name Odd Future subliminated across it in pink.

Others have said they saw her wearing a borrowed Lana Del Rey hoodie that was black with the lyrics: “You don’t want to be forgottten, you just want to disappear,” across the front.

23RD AUG 2022, 14:00

AWP has assisted and solved over 20 cold cases

James Amabile, a father from Philadelphia who vanished in 2003 and was later discovered in a lake in the same state in March after experiencing a diabetic shock, is one of the 23 cases Adventures with Purpose has successfully solved.

The day after a body was discovered in the search for Kiely Rodni, AWP announced at a press conference that it would join another search in California for Jolissa Fuentes, 22, of Selma.

As a search and rescue diving squad dedicated to assisting families in cases of missing persons, like the Kiely case, AWP was established in 2019 by volunteers who wanted to dive for trash before becoming volunteers, the Independent reports.

23RD AUG 2022, 13:30

Officials questioned about Kiely search procedures

Following the discovery of a body that amateur divers suspect to be that of Kiely Rodni, California officials have dismissed criticism of their search for the missing youngster.

Officials were questioned about how volunteer organization Adventures with Purpose was able to find the car thought to hold Kiely’s remains in the same lake that police enforcement had been scouring for more than two weeks in just a matter of a few short hours, per the Independent.

Sheriff Shannon Moon said: “The Adventures with Purpose folks did a fantastic job at being able to locate the vehicle as quickly as they did, based on, again, a lot of heavy lifting that the folks behind me have done over the last couple of weeks.”

23RD AUG 2022, 13:00

Sonar technology’s role in finding Kiely’s car

A body was discovered in a car minutes after entering the ocean, according to AWP diver Nick Rinn.

He also told the New York Post that despite being near to the coast, it was only discovered using Garmin sonar technology.

“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,” he said.

“Then I came out, we called the family and authorities and let them take it from there,” he said.

23RD AUG 2022, 12:30

Police say Kiely’s remains were ‘more than likely’ recovered

Although they have not yet been able to positively identify the remains, local authorities say they think the body recovered inside a car in Prosser Creek Reservoir, Truckee, is that of missing Kiely Rodni.

Adventures With Purpose, a team of volunteer divers committed to missing person search and rescue operations, discovered the body.

“We believe it is our missing person,” Nevada County Sheriff Shannon Moon said during the press conference that took place on Monday. “We have not been able to positively identify [her], but it is more than likely where we are today.”

23RD AUG 2022, 12:00

‘Emotions all come back to the surface’

Gabby Petito’s dad, Joe Petito, shares a harrowing tribute, sending his condolences to Kiely Rodni’s family after a body believed to be hers was found as he heartbreakingly said, “the emotions all come back to the surface.”

“My condolences to #kielyrondi’s family. May she rest in piece [SIC]. The emotions all come back to the surface when you see things like this. 💔 #missingpersons #togetherwecan,” Joe shared.

23RD AUG 2022, 11:30

Search for two more women planned

While in California, the YouTube divers who claim to have recovered Kiely Rodni in just 35 minutes have already made plans to assist in the search for two other missing women, according to the New York Post.

Lead investigator for Adventures With Purpose Doug Bishop stated on Monday that the volunteers “hope to continue our efforts” to discover those who have gone missing but have not been found by law enforcement.

“We will be taking the next two days to properly debrief, decompress and prepare for our next case, which is 22-year-old Jolissa Fuentes in Selma, California,” Bishop said of the woman whose family fear she was abducted on August 7, per the outlet.

23RD AUG 2022, 11:00

Adventures With Purpose explain their process

Members of Adventures With Purpose discussed how they were able to find the vehicle in a relatively short period of time after police looked for weeks with Today on Tuesday.

“Our sonar technology is not different from what they had,” diver Doug Bishop said. “It’s our ability to manipulate it.”

Bishop also reported that approximately an hour after divers entered the water on Sunday, diving workers discovered Rodni’s vehicle in 14 feet of water about 300 yards from the campground.

After hearing from Rodni’s family two days prior, Adventures With Purpose joined the search for her.

NYC homeless man violently pummels female straphanger in graphic caught on video attack at Queens subway stop

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Disturbing surveillance video shows a New York City homeless man chasing down and violently pummeling a woman who reportedly ignored his attempts to engage her in conversation on the subway.

Waheed Foster, 41, is facing felony assault charges in connection to the Sept. 20 attack on a 33-year-old woman.

The graphic footage, obtained by Fox News Digital, shows the man running after the woman through a Queens subway station before grabbing onto her arm and throwing her down into a ticketing counter.

He then delivers several blows to the woman’s head and upper body and stomps on her.

Another straphanger, seen dressed in orange carrying a red cross body bag, runs up to help, but the homeless man seemingly chases him away almost immediately back through the subway turnstiles.

The woman appears to start getting up from the floor before the homeless man, wearing a navy shirt, white pants and orange sneakers kicks her again at least five more times in the face and head before walking off.

NYPD said officers responded at approximately 5:15 a.m. to the vicinity of 159 Avenue and Coleman Square — the Howard Beach JFK Airport station — within the confines of the 106 Precinct / Transit District 23. Upon arrival, officers were informed by a 33-year-old female while on board a northbound A train an unidentified individual attempted to engage her in a conversation, and she ignored him, police said.

“The victim got off the train at the next stop, the subject followed her off the train and proceeded to push, kick and punch her about the body in an unprovoked manner,” police said. “A canvass of the area was conducted with positive results. EMS transported the victim to Jamaica Hospital in stable condition.”

The New York Post reported that Foster was ordered held without bail during his arraignment. He reportedly has seven prior arrests, including for an assault on a woman with a screwdriver, criminal mischief, robbery and larceny.

Sources told the Post he was arrested in 2010 for stabbing a 50-year-old woman in the cheek and shoulder.

Foster has two other pending criminal cases on charges of criminal mischief and minor theft.

Greenfield restaurant manager fired after throwing drink in customer’s face

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Greenfield police released surveillance footage, which shows the manager of Crab Du Jour restaurant, near 76th Street and Layton Avenue, throw a drink in a woman’s face.

The woman then launches a chair back over the bar at him.

Just a few days ago, Crab Du Jour fired its manager Jason Diong and it is currently under new management.

Mariah Luckette told WISN 12 News she was telling the manager her food was cold.

“I was like, ‘I don’t want it at all at this point,’ and he came back and threw that drink in my face,” Luckette said.

Luckette claims she suffered chemical burns from the beverage that had lemon in it.

“It’s been very difficult and traumatizing,” Luckette said.

She was wearing a large bandage over her right eye while speaking with WISN 12 News.

“I will never go back there ever again,” Luckette said.

Diong was seen and heard on police body camera, also released, telling officers the woman used racial slurs against Asian people.

“I throw a glass of water at her. She just reacted and throw something back to me,” he can be heard saying on police bodycam video. “I shouldn’t have, but I’m really frustrated.”

Diong told officers it was only water in the cup, no lemon or alcohol.

“She came in here intoxicated, and we didn’t serve her alcohol. She was making racial remarks,” he said.

By phone to WISN 12 News, Diong defended himself and his account to police.

Diong was issued a disorderly conduct citation.

A server at the Crab Du Jour restaurant on S. 76th Street in Greenfield has been fired and cited for disorderly conduct after throwing a drink in a woman’s face.

The Milwaukee woman said she complained that her food was cold and asked for it to be fixed.

Things got heated within seconds.

“It’s hard for me, honestly,” said Mariah Luckette. “It’s been very hard.”

It was supposed to be a trip to a favorite restaurant, but what happened at Crab du Jour left a bad taste with Luckette.

“I’m still feeling super emotional, super traumatized,” said Luckette.

Surveillance shows the moments things went sour.

Luckette was at the Greenfield restaurant with a friend and ordered her favorite meal.

“It turned out to be totally the opposite,” said Luckette. “The food was cold, potatoes was hard.”

Luckette complained to the server. The server told police he asked her to leave, and she refused to pay.

She denies that.

“It escalated so quickly,” said Luckette. “I just was asking him why I was being treated this way.”

The argument took a turn. In the video, the server is seen grabbing a drink and throwing it in Luckette’s face.

“After the shock value came, it was immediately fight or flight,” said Luckette.

She picked up a bar stool and tossed it at him. Luckette called 911 and went away on a stretcher. She says her eye was damaged by the lemon, salt and alcohol.

“My iris is swollen, so even though it’s not a physical appearance, it’s the inside, which causes my vision to be blurry,” said Luckette.

Police cited the server for disorderly conduct. Officials at Crab du Jour confirmed Wednesday, Sept. 21 he’s no longer an employee.

Luckette said she’s still dealing with the pain after a meal that was memorable for all the wrong reasons.

“He needs to know it’s not OK for him to do this to any woman anywhere,” said Luckette.

FOX6 News called and texted that server Wednesday but did not hear back.

Luckette said she continues to get medical treatment and is in therapy because of what happened.

Crab Du Jour statement

“We are both shocked and enraged by this incident. We have zero tolerance for this type of behavior and take this incident very seriously because the trust and safety of our customers is our highest priority.

The employee in question has been terminated and an internal investigation and corporate policy review is currently underway to ensure this does not happen again.

We will continue to cooperate with local law enforcement during this ongoing investigation.

The stores are individually own and operated.”

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