The exhaustive search for missing California teen Kiely Rodni led to the arrest of a sex offender on unrelated charges, authorities said.
The arrest was made Thursday as police were conducting a sweep of sex offenders in Lake Tahoe region as part of their investigation into the missing person case that has gained national attention.
The sex offender compliance checks “resulted in several sex registrants being found in violation of their terms”, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office said Friday.
One offender was arrested, and criminal charges were pending against another, according to officials.
Rodni, 16, was last seen at a campground party with several hundred other young revelers in the Tahoe National Forest on Aug. 6.
She had been drinking and was likely too intoxicated to get behind to drive home, 18-year-old partygoer Sami Smith told Fox News Digital.
Detectives have interviewed less than half of the party attendees, Placer County Sheriff spokeswoman Angela Musallam reportedly said.
Many of the partygoers have remained tight-lipped over fear they would be charged over “illegal activity,” according to authorities.
“Although our detectives have interviewed over 100 partygoers, they would still like some more cooperation,” Musallam told the outlet.
None of the potential witnesses interviewed by police saw the early high school graduate leave the party, officials said.
Rodni’s phone last pinged around 12:30 a.m. at a clearing in the woods near the site of the massive outdoor shindig in Truckee, and her 2013 Honda CRV remained unaccounted for, cops said.
Officials announced Monday that they would scale back the “astronomical” search for the teen after investigators logged some 9,000 hours combing the region by land, air and lake.
“We are moving into a more limited but continuous search and rescue effort,” Nevada County Sheriff’s Capt. Sam Brown explained.