Police are continuing the search on Friday at California’s Lake Piru to find the body of Naya Rivera, presumed dead after her 4-year-old son was discovered by himself in a boat she had rented.
According to an Associated Press report, the “Glee” star’s son “told investigators that he and his mother had been swimming in the lake, and he got back in the boat, but Rivera did not.”
The Ventura Country Star reports that the remains of the 33-year-old actress have yet to be found, with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office having resumed the search on Friday morning after Rivera went missing on Wednesday.
Officials from the sheriff’s office tell the newspaper there was no evidence of foul play or suicide, and that the presumed death appears to be accidental.
The search effort includes divers, helicopters, cadaver dogs and about 100 volunteers and public safety personnel pulled from multiple agencies. In addition, the sheriff’s office revealed via tweet that “sophisticated sonar equipment” is also being utilized.
Today’s search at Lake Piru involves the use of sophisticated sonar equipment in the effort to locate Naya Rivera. We are being assisted by @TulareSheriff @LASDHQ and @USCGLosAngeles There will be a media update at 3 pm.
— Ventura Co. Sheriff (@VENTURASHERIFF) July 10, 2020
During a press briefing on Friday afternoon, Ventura County officials didn’t have any better news, telling everyone, “The conditions are difficult…We’re still continuing the search.”
Each day they are evaluating what areas should need to be searched. They believe that the boat drifted from the east side of the lake so the focus has been on the east to north section of the lake.
Using a drop box account, the police will be sharing visibility videos so the public can see the conditions that the search team is working with.
Other search methods include Cadaver dogs who sniff the surface of the water as a boat slowly moves. Unfortunately, this hasn’t yielded any results.
Despite the currents, they are confident that they will find Rivera’s body.
Adding that next month, a preplanned drain of the lake to work on the dam is taking place which will drop the water level around 65 feet.
Ventura County officials give news update on Naya Rivera search.
— ABC News Live (@ABCNewsLive) July 10, 2020
Rivera is best known for her role as Santana Lopez in Fox musical series “Glee”, which ran from 2009 until 2015.