The elite dive team who found the body believed to be Kiely Rodni on Sunday in just 35 minutes has also cracked 23 cold cases since the group began their search and recovery work in 2019. 

Adventures with Purpose (AWP) Founder Jared Leisek told ABC News he started the group in July 2018, using his dive skills to clean up underwater habitats riddled with garbage.

But when a family reached out to them in 2019, asking if they might be able to use their skills to help find a missing loved one, Leisek said they had to put their skills to good use.

The premier dive team who found the body believed to be Kiely Rodni on Sunday in just 35 minutes has also solved 23 cold cases.
The dive team who found Kiely Rodni on Sunday in just 35 minutes has also solved 23 cold cases.
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Since then, the group has helped families find closure through its search missions, including the family of Rodni. The teen had still been missing after local law enforcement conducted thousands of combined hours of searching.

The dive team documents all their work on YouTube, where they’ve racked up tens of millions of views.

Here are some other cases they helped crack:

Ethan Kazmerzak

One of the first missing persons AWP discovered was Ethan Kazmerzak, whose mother told the Oregon-based group she thought he might be in a local pond.

The stellar dive team puts up all their work on YouTube, where they've racked up tens of millions of views.
The team puts up all their work on YouTube, where they’ve racked up tens of millions of views.
Daniel McKnight

Ethan was on his way back to this Hampton, Iowa home when he went missing in September 2013. The party was just a few miles away, but he disappeared without a trace. 

The Iowa mom had a hunch the group might find Ethan, 22, in the nearby body of water.

“We ended up going out there and working off her hunch of where she felt her son might be … we ended up finding her son,” diver Doug Bishop told Fox 2.

James Amabile

The AWP divers located skeletal remains in a car underwater in Ridley Township, Pennsylvania in March, helping close an almost two-decade-old case.

Authorities were able to confirm the body belong to James Amabile, who went missing in December 2003, Fox 10 reported.

AWP discovered the vehicle with plates matching Amabile’s and alerted authorities of their discovery. 

Samantha Hopper and Courtney Holt

The divers traveled to Arkansas in fall 2021 in hopes of finding Samantha Hopper and her daughter Courtney Holt, who were together when they disappeared on Sept. 11, 1998. Samantha had been en route to drop her daughter off so she could attend a concert in Little Rock at the time. 

Samantha’s living daughter reached out to the group and asked for their help after law enforcement’s search provided no answers, according to ABC News.

Adventures with Purpose (AWP) Founder Jared Leisek began the group in July 2018, using his dive skills to clean up underwater habitats riddled with garbage.
Adventures with Purpose (AWP) Founder Jared Leisek began the group in July 2018, using his dive skills to clean up underwater habitats riddled with garbage.
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Kiely Rodni
Police confirmed Tuesday that Rodni’s body was found.
Placer County Sheriff

The group ended up finding Samantha’s car in a nearby river, and the remains inside were later identified as the mom and her daughter.

Ralph Brown

Law enforcement spent a year searching in vain for Ralph Brown, a local educator and the former mayor of Cornelius, Oregon who went missing in May 2021.

AWP found him in May 2022 after searching the Willamette River. His car was located about 40 feet beneath the surface of the water, according to local reports, with remains inside that were eventually confirmed to be the former mayor’s.



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