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Entertainment

Web Desk
July 12, 2020

Naya Rivera's disappearance: Investigators release underwater footage from actress's search

Entertainment

Web Desk
Sun, Jul 12, 2020
Naya Rivera's disappearance: Investigators release underwater footage from actress's search 

Naya Rivera went missing on Wednesday after going out for a swim with her four-year-old son Josey to Lake Piru in Ventura County, California.

Since then, authorities have been involved in searching for the body of the missing Glee star. 

Hours after a search-and-rescue effort began, NBC Los Angeles's Robert Kovacik tweeted on Wednesday that Rivera was "presumed dead" according to the Ventura County Sheriff's Department. 

"Actress @NayaRivera is presumed dead, per @VENTURASHERIFF," he wrote. "The actress/singer and her four year old son were on a rented pontoon boat on #LakePiru and were swimming. The son got back on the boat, his mom did not. He was wearing a life-vest, she was not."

While there has been no progress made in the search as of yet, the Ventura County Sheriff's Office released underwater footage of their search on Friday. 

They also revealed that they have been using the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) in the search.

While talking to PEOPLE, Sgt. Kevin Donoghue revealed, "We interviewed her son and there was nothing that we learned from her son that would have suggested that this was suicide. Everything that we've learned so far leads to this being some sort of water recreational accident," 

"To say definitively what actually happened, we really can't say. We just don't know, it's a mystery," he continued. "We're still investigating, we're still searching. We're trying to uncover clues as we go. But so far, we really don't have a lot of information to make any guesses as to what could have happened."

He added that the rescue and search team is making use of advanced technology such as a scanning sonar so that a picture of the lake bed floor can be captured.

"When it sees an anomaly, an object that's consistent with the shape and size of what we're looking for, then we send divers to search that specific area," Donoghue said. 

He added: "The conditions aren't like they are in the ocean, where you can have some places really clean, clear water. In lakes, typically the closer you get to the bottom of the lake, the less visible it is. So if she's resting at the bottom of the lake, she's probably resting somewhere where there's zero visibility."