Update: Nevada County officials ID Keeley Rodney as dead man found in submerged vehicle

Update Tuesday, August 23 at 1:10 p.m

From the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office:

An autopsy was conducted today, Sunday, August 21, on a dead man found in Prosser Reservoir. The Nevada County Sheriff-Coroner identified the victim as 16-year-old Keeley Rodney of Truckee.



The Placer County Sheriff’s Office and the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office are in contact with Keely’s family and offer their deepest condolences during this difficult time.

This is an ongoing investigation and no further information is available at this time.



Update Monday, August 22 at 9:20 am

TRUCKEE — Divers searching for 16-year-old Keely Rodney said Sunday they found a car with a body not far from where he attended a large party weeks ago. The FBI remained at the scene as authorities worked to confirm its identity, officials said.

Volunteers from the group Adventures with Purpose said they found Rodney of Truckee inside his car on Sunday, which they said was upside down under about 14 feet of water in Prosser Reservoir. In their message on Facebook, the family was informed. A website set up by his family updated on Sunday that the search had been suspended due to unconfirmed reports.

Authorities are yet to identify the body.

“We believe this is our missing person,” Nevada County Sheriff Shannon Moon said during a press conference Monday. “We wanted to make sure the family had that information first.”

Adventures with Purpose also held a press conference on Monday morning.

“Hold on to your loved ones a little tighter,” said Nick Rinne with the dive team.

“Without your support, none of this would be possible,” said Doug Bishop, of Adventures with a Purpose.

Rodney was last seen on Aug. 6 at a party near the Prosser family camp in Truckee with hundreds of other youths, police said.

His friend Sammy Smith was at the party with him and said Rodney had planned to spend the night at the campground.

“I knew she wasn’t in the right frame of mind or condition to drive. If she had, she wouldn’t have gone very far,” Smith told KOVR-TV.

Friends and family feared he had been kidnapped. His phone was out of service after the party and his 2013 silver Honda CRV was missing. Marine units from three local sheriff’s offices searched the reservoir. The search expanded to a wide swath of California and Nevada and involved at least 16 local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Dozens of family and friends have searched and offered a $50,000 reward.

– Associated Press

Update Sunday, August 21 at 9:22 p.m

From the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office:

This afternoon, we were notified by Adventures with Purpose, a volunteer search group, that they found a car and a body at Prosser Reservoir. The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, Placer County Sheriff’s Office, FBI and related agencies are at the scene to review findings.

The identity of the deceased has not been confirmed. This is a developing situation and we will provide updates when we can.

A press conference will be held tomorrow at 11 a.m. at the Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District, 10981 Truckee Way in Truckee.

Update Sunday, August 21 at 7:12 p.m

From Adventures with a Purpose:

“We found Keeley Rodney – Breaking News Livestream

—– THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS LIVE STREAM ANNOUNCEMENT—-

The live stream will be on August 22, 2022 at 9:00 AM PST.

Today (August 21, 2022) AWP found a 2013 Honda CRV with California license plate number: 8YUR127 14 feet underwater in Prosser Lake north of Truckee, CA.

The remains of missing 16-year-old Keeley Rodney were found inside.

As of 7:00 p.m., AWP is still on scene and rescue is underway today.

AWP will release more information live tomorrow.

A complete revision of our search and rescue efforts will be available in the next few weeks.

Thank you all for your support and help.

Donations are what got us here and help with food and fuel costs are appreciated. After this case, we will help the next family at no cost to them or law enforcement. Donation links and merchandise can be found here https://AdventuresWithPurpose.com.”

Initial post

Adventures with Purpose — an underwater sonar search and rescue dive group that helps families find people — said in a Facebook message Sunday that it had found 16-year-old Keeley Rodney.

A statement issued around 3:30pm on Sunday said: “The car is upside down in only 14′ of water. We have confirmed that the key is inside. The family was notified. Law enforcement is on their way.

“We’ll be on the scene for the rest of the day, live stream tomorrow, and announce what time this afternoon.

“Thank you to everyone for your support and donations for bringing us here to help Keeley and her family.”

The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office said it was aware of the information on Facebook and that staff were on their way to meet with the dive team and would get more information later.

Sheriff’s spokesman Andrew Trike said in an email that he had nothing else to share at this time.

Rodney was last seen August 6 at a reception at the Prosser Family Campground at 12:30 p.m. About 200 to 300 young men and women from the region and the Bay Area reportedly attended the party. According to authorities, the last cellular data from Rodney’s phone came at 12:33 a.m. that day.

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