Two days after Naya Rivera went swimming in Lake Piru, authorities worry that she could by no means be discovered. Sgt. Kevin Donoghue of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Workplace gave an replace on the Glee star’s case at a press convention on Thursday, July 9.
“It relies upon,” Donoghue replied when requested if Rivera’s physique will probably be recovered if she did certainly drown. “If the physique is entangled in one thing beneath the water, it might by no means come again up. We don’t know.”
Us confirmed on Wednesday, July 8, that the 33-year-old actress was lacking hours after she rented a pontoon boat along with her 4-year-old son, Josey, at Lake Piru within the Los Angeles space. Donoghue confirmed on Thursday that Josey, who was discovered secure within the boat, advised officers that his mom was swimming.
“He gave sufficient info to investigators to conclude that his mom by no means made it out of the water,” Donoghue mentioned, noting that “swimming is permitted” within the lake. “There’s actually no sturdy undercurrents such as you would have within the ocean, however typically the water will be very chilly and hypothermic components being in chilly water may have an effect on some individuals, however I don’t know that that’s the case right here.”
Donoghue added that they’ve 100 personnel trying to find Rivera.
“A big share of them are divers,” he defined. “The assets that we have now right here from Tulare County, Los Angeles County, San Luis Obispo County are all divers. However the manpower additionally contains the helicopter crew chiefs, the pilots and the individuals which can be organizing the search efforts right here on the command submit. Our investigators have been in touch with the household to maintain them up to date as we progress our search efforts.”
The sergeant, nevertheless, additionally famous that “visibility is horrible” within the lake.
“This notably in that space, there’s a number of timber and crops and such which can be beneath the water that may trigger entanglements,” he mentioned on Thursday. “Makes it unsafe for the divers and makes it extra difficult for the search.”
Us confirmed that the seek for Rivera halted at roughly 9 p.m. PT on Thursday. The search is about to renew on Friday, July 10.
Rivera shares Josey with ex-husband Ryan Dorsey. The 36-year-old actor was noticed at Rivera’s sister Nickayla Rivera’s L.A. house on Thursday. Whereas he has but to publicly touch upon the case, a supply advised Us that the actress’ household held a “prayer service” on Thursday.
“Naya’s mom is frightened and anxious,” the supply advised Us. “[She] has reached out to family members late [Wednesday night] to hope for Naya’s return.”