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Two men who went missing in Northern California on the same day as Kiley Rodney have been found dead, police said.

The bodies of Janet ‘JJ’ Pantoza, 29, and her ex-boyfriend Juan Almanza Zavala, 36, were found Wednesday outside a car that had crashed down an embankment in Nevada County, California, the Nevada County Sheriff’s Department confirmed.

Zavala was tentatively identified due to the nature of his injuries, the sheriff’s office said.


Although the couple broke up a few years ago, they remained friends and often worked together, according to KCRA-TV. They were returning from a car show in Reno, Nevada, but never returned.

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Juan Almanza Zavala and Janet Pantoza never returned home from Hot August Nights in Reno earlier this month.
(Yuba City Police Department)

Pantoza texted her current boyfriend that she would be home in 30 minutes around 11 p.m. on Aug. 6 but never returned, her sister Alejandra Pantoza told Fox News. He received an alert on his phone that he had stopped sharing his location about 30 minutes later.


“He just didn’t communicate anything other than that,” Alejandra Pantoza said. “He’s not like that.”

That same day, Rodney, 16, disappeared from a campground in Truckee, California, during a party with hundreds of people. He was last seen after midnight on August 6 – almost 23 hours before Pantoza and Zavala were last heard from.

Pantoja and Zavala’s cellphones were last pinged in the area where their bodies were found when someone called 911 about a car that had gone down an embankment near Highway 20 and Poker Flat Road in Penn Valley, according to KCRA.

A search was conducted in the area earlier but nothing was found. The car was not visible from the road.


Rodney disappeared from the Prosser family campground in the Tahoe National Forest, about 70 miles from where the former couple’s bodies were found in Penn Valley.

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The Placer County Sheriff's Office said Kiley Rodney appeared on video the night of her disappearance wearing a pink and white dress. "bad future" The hoodie.

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office said Kiley Rodney appeared in the video the night before she disappeared wearing a pink and white “Odd Future” hoodie.
(Placer County Sheriff’s Office,

Police said there was no evidence to link the cases.


Investigators in Rodney’s case announced Monday that they would scale back search efforts after an extensive 10-day search — involving nearly 16,000 man-hours by land, air and boat — turned up nothing.

Rodney is described as 5 feet, 7 inches tall and about 118 pounds. She has blonde hair and hazel eyes. He has a tattoo of the number “17” on his ribs. She has a nose ring and several other piercings and, according to her friends, was wearing three gold necklaces the night she disappeared. He was wearing green Dickies pants, a black studded belt and a black spaghetti-strap bodysuit, according to authorities. He may be wearing a pink and white “Odd Future” hoodie.

The Pacer County Sheriff's Department's Prosser Creek Reservoir Water Team is searching for Kiley Rodney or evidence of his whereabouts.

The Pacer County Sheriff’s Department’s Prosser Creek Reservoir Water Team is searching for Kiley Rodney or evidence of his whereabouts.
(Derek Shock/Fox News Digital)

Captain Sam Brown, Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, said during a news briefing on Monday. “We are moving into a more limited but continuous search and rescue effort.”


A search for Rodney began where his cellphone last pinged near the Prosser Creek Reservoir and went outside but there was no sign of him. No one in the party reported his departure.

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Rodni’s mother, who said her daughter texted that she would be home soon that night, told KNTV on Tuesday, “We still don’t know what happened to her. We are just working to piece together the last moments that she was, where she went and who she went with. party to get out.”

He added, “We’re still waiting for him to come through the door.”


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