'I Knew Something Was Wrong': Grief-Stricken Mom of a Missing Teen Shares Their Last Conversation
A mother's last conversation with her daughter was a candid exchange over text messages, where the latter said she would be home soon. But when the mom woke up the next morning, there was no sign of her girl or her car in the driveway. What could have gone wrong?
A mother's love for her children cannot be measured or put into words simply because it only gets profound with time. Come rain or shine, our mom's warm embrace can soothe any pain and dilemma and provide us the safe haven we so badly long for.
Some might think of mothers as human detectors, for their parental instinct enables them to sense when their little ones are in trouble and need help. The story we're sharing today is about a mother and her constant love, worry, and longing for her beloved child.
A FRIDAY NIGHT PARTY
16-year-old Kiely Rodni was said to have gone to a party at the Prosser Family Campground in Northern California on a Friday night.
Authorities have urged people to share any images or videos from the gathering to help them create a timeline.
In addition to Kiely, the campground party of August 5, 2022, reportedly had 200-300 juveniles and young adults in attendance.
THEIR LAST CONVERSATION
Her mother, Lindsey Rodni-Nieman, said she received a text message late Friday night from Kiely, which said that she would head home from the party in 45 minutes.
The mother-daughter duo was said to have had a candid conversation over messages, which Lindsey recalled while talking to ABC News:
"I told her to be safe and that I loved her. And she said, 'OK, mom, I love you, too.'"
MISSING IN ACTION
When Kiely's mom woke up the next day and found that her teenage daughter wasn't home and her car was missing, she knew something wasn't right. She further noted:
"I called [Kiely] and sent her texts, too, and she didn't answer. That's when I knew something was wrong."
The distraught mother said she didn't think her daughter had run away since all her belongings were at home. She also mentioned that had Kiely seen her worried texts and calls, she would have responded.
Kiely's friend, Sami Smith, said she was shocked and never thought that something like this would happen. She said she remembered Kiely enjoying herself at the party like a typical teenager.
Smith also stated that she drank every drink her friend had at the party and couldn't point out anything that seemed off or out of place.
NOWHERE TO BE FOUND
According to the information gathered by the Placer County Sheriff's Office, the 16-year-old girl was last seen at the party around 12:30 a.m. on August 6. Kiely was said to have mysteriously vanished along with her car, a silver 2013 Honda CRV.
With no sign of the youngster or her vehicle, officers said they couldn't rule out a possible abduction. They also urged anyone who saw Kiely at the party to come forward, and so far, investigators are said to have received more than 200 tips.
Angela Musallam, public information officer for Placer County, revealed that Kiely's phone went out of service soon after her disappearance. Investigation on the case continues as officers and detectives continue to comb the area where Kiely was last spotted.
THE TEENAGER'S DESCRIPTION
Authorities have urged people to share any images or videos from the gathering to help them create a timeline. Kiely is said to be five feet seven inches tall and weighs about 118 pounds.
She has blonde hair and hazel eyes and was last seen in green Dickies pants, a black top, a nose ring, and other jewelry items. A $50,000 reward will reportedly be given to anyone who comes forward with information that could help bring Kiely home safely.
A MOTHER'S PLEA
A heartbroken Lindsey urged anyone with details about her daughter's location to step forward and help with the case. In an emotional Facebook video, she pleaded with Kiely to come home and said she wished for nothing more than to embrace her baby girl and tell her how much she loved her.
Kiely's mom shared that the wait to see her daughter has been grueling and she's terrified, but she's trying her best to stay strong and keep the bad thoughts at bay. She said she's hopeful that her baby girl will come home safe and sound.
PRAYERS FOR THE YOUNGSTER
A special helpline has been set up for information on Kiely's whereabouts: (530) 581-6320. Callers can click option 7 to share information and may choose to stay anonymous while calling.
Our heartfelt prayers and best wishes go out to Kiely's family and friends, and we hope she returns unharmed to her loved ones as soon as possible. Please share this story to help bring this teenager back home to her mother.