Meet the YouTuber divers claiming to have found Kiely Rodni

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Meet the YouTuber divers claiming to have found Kiely Rodni

They’re the deep-diving YouTubers who claim to have found missing California teen Kiely Rodni in less than a full day of looking — even after authorities spent nearly 20,000 man-hours failing to find her.

Adventures With Purpose started searching Prosser Creek Reservoir on Sunday — and within hours found what they believe is the 16-year-old’s 2013 Honda CRV with a body inside.

“WE JUST FOUND KIELY RODNI,” the volunteer group claimed on Facebook, ahead of local authorities confirming that the body was indeed the teen who went missing after a nearby graduation party on Aug. 6.

Adventures With Purpose p[ulled what it claimed was Kiely Rodni's car with her body inside from Prosser Creek Reservoir on Sunday, hours after starting its search there.
Adventures With Purpose pulled what it claimed was Kiely Rodni’s car with her body inside from Prosser Creek Reservoir on Sunday, hours after starting its search there.
DANIEL WILLIAM MCKNIGHT

If confirmed — with the sleuths as well as police promising updates later Monday — it would be at least the 24th missing person case the team of 10 has solved in less than three years.

“We have developed a set of skills that have led us in this direction,” lead investigator Doug Bishop, 38, told Fox 2 earlier this year

“We’re just good guys trying to do good in the world.”

Doug Bishop at search site Sunday.
Lead investigator Doug Bishop has called the group “good guys trying to do good in the world.”
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Some high-profile successes have ended years of unknowing for families — including James Amabile, a Pennsylvania man the group found in March after he’d been missing for nearly 20 years. Last year, they also found the body of Arkansas mom Samantha Hopper, 19, and her daughter an incredible 23 years after they went missing.

And as with many other such cases, they quickly found success in the Rodni dive despite local law enforcement insisting they had already carried out exhaustive searches in the very areas a body was found.

Adventures With Purpose searching for Kiely Rodni Sunday.
The YouTubers think they found the missing California teen within hours, despite cops devoting nearly 22,000 man-hours to it and saying they had already searched the same area.
DANIEL WILLIAM MCKNIGHT

Hours before the crew’s breakthrough Sunday, the sheriff’s offices for both Placer and Nevada counties bragged about devoting 19,951 cumulative man hours in the search, using seven aircraft and with help from the California High Patrol, local police and fire and even the FBI.

“Additionally, seven civilian air patrol resources were utilized to search an 80-mile radius from where Kiely was last seen,” the forces said.

Police note efforts looking for Kiely Rodni just hours before YouTubing volunteers think they found her.
It appears to have taken the volunteers just hours to achieve what law enforcement failed to do in nearly 20,000 man hours.
Placer County Sheriff’s Office

However, while they put out a wide net, the car and body were found close to where Rodni was last seen — and where police told Adventures With Purpose “they did a rigorous search,” according to one of the volunteer divers, Josh Cantu, 31.

“They gave us a grid map and made us confident we didn’t need to search here,” Cantu insisted.

Still, the Oregon-based team persisted, with its sonar spotting the likely car about 14 feet underwater, and a diver then confirming it within minutes of going in, the group told The Post.

Adventures With Purpose diver Nick Rinn.
Adventures With Purpose diver Nick Rinn appears to have found the missing teen in an area police said they had already searched.
DANIEL WILLIAM MCKNIGHT

The deep-diving sleuths, who make high-production YouTube videos of their missions to help offer their services to families for free, have previously shared similar successes where huge police hunts have failed.

Before joining the Rodni search, Bishop cited such successes as what they “bring to the table that 16 other agencies haven’t already.”

Adventures With Purpose diver Nick Rinn.
Adventures With Purpose diver Nick Rinn appears to have found the missing teen in her car.
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Crucially, they have expertise in using the type of sonar equipment that appears to have quickly spotted a car underwater in Rodni’s case — skills most law enforcement does not have.

“There’s no school, really that exists, that teaches sonar,” Bishop told Fox 2 in May, saying his crew has had to learn as they go along.

 “I’ve had a lot of agencies reach out to me for help,” he added of law enforcement lacking the same skills. 

The group offers its services for free, funding missions through clicks on its YouTube channel, donations and mech sales.

That also allows its volunteers a freedom that cops do not enjoy, founder Jared Leisek told KCENTV earlier this year.

“We have zero red tape, and as long as it’s a public body of water or if it’s private and we get permission, we can get in anything we want on a moment’s notice,” he said.

Leisek told KCENTV in February that he started the group with less lofty ambitions of highlighting polluted waterways and showing things “that are out of sight, out of mind.”

In one early video, he found a wallet — and returned $150 cash inside to its owner.

While filming, he started stumbling on submerged cars — catching the eye of the family of Nate Ashby, 22, who had been missing for months in Warrenton, Missouri.

When they found his body in December 2019, they assumed it “was a one-off,” Leisek said — until May 2020, when they pulled a silver Mazda 6 out of Willamette River in Milwaukie, Oregon, and found the body of Timothy Robinson, who had been missing for 12 years.

Adventures With Purpose has detailed each success in videos for its 2.44 million YouTube subscribers.

Adventures With Purpose diver in action Sunday.
The body found Sunday would be at least the 24th missing person case the team of 10 has solved in less than three years.
DANIEL WILLIAM MCKNIGHT

Bishop has previously estimated that thousands of bodies are likely still unaccounted for under US waters, with the group getting constant requests for help.

The pain that the families experience from the tragic discoveries gives the volunteers conflicting feelings about taking on the missions, Bishop told Fox 40 on Sunday as his team started searching for Rodni.

Kiely's dad Daniel.
Kiely’s dad Daniel talks on the phone near the spot where Adventures With Purpose believes it found his missing 16-year-old daughter’s body in her car.
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“It’s tough — I don’t want to find her, [but] if she’s here and something has happened to her, I do,” he said.

“I want to be able to find the family and this community answers so they can properly lay her to rest.”

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