Authorities used a photograph that Naya Rivera took of her son, Josey, shortly earlier than she went lacking to assist them decide the place to begin trying to find her in a California lake.
“There was a image despatched to a member of the family that confirmed the boy on the boat by a cove,” Robert Inglis of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Workplace Search & Rescue Crew informed Us Weekly in an unique interview. “We discovered the place that cove was.”
A timestamp on the photograph revealed that the pic was taken 90 minutes to 2 hours earlier than the 4-year-old was discovered alone on the pontoon boat on Wednesday, July 8, half a mile from the shore of Lake Piru, with no signal of the Glee actress, 33.
Inglis defined that the realm the place the photograph was taken and the spot the place the boat was discovered had been beginning factors for authorities earlier than the search was expanded. “We did ship our dive members to these two areas and searched these extensively,” he informed Us, including that in a variety of circumstances there are witnesses “who see somebody leaping off a ship so we all know which space to look and we are able to discover the physique extra rapidly. On this case, it actually might be the entire lake. There are a variety of coves that should be searched.”
The diver defined that because the search was expanded, the search and rescue workforce bumped into harmful circumstances, with timber and brush within the lake that would have snagged and trapped them underwater.
He additionally mentioned that the visibility within the lake is so poor, even in the course of the daytime, that “in case you have a watch and also you maintain it in entrance of your masks, you’ll be able to’t even learn the numbers.”
Extra groups had been referred to as in to make use of sonar to assist pinpoint areas of curiosity earlier than divers went down to research. The frogmen can’t see, so they’re feeling round a number of ft beneath the water as they proceed to seek for Rivera.
Whereas a spokesperson for the sheriff’s workplace informed Us on Sunday, July 12, that the restoration operation “Will proceed by at the very least Tuesday,” Inglis mentioned he and his workforce are optimistic that the Devious Maids star shall be discovered within the subsequent few days. “We’re assured that we are going to find her physique,” he mentioned.
On Sunday, authorities searched lakeside cabins and the shoreline however Inglis informed Us that it’s unlikely Rivera made it out of the water to dry land.
“As you get extra north within the lake, there are steep hills and it’s coated with brush with greater rocks,” he defined. “It will be very troublesome to maneuver by that particularly should you’re simply sporting perhaps a showering swimsuit.”
Inglis thinks one thing occurred to Rivera the place she simply couldn’t get herself again onto the boat after taking a dip within the lake.
“What I believe is that the winds kicked up,” he mentioned. “These pontoon boats are very mild, and if you push them, it will possibly get away from you. She would possibly’ve tried to swim after the boat. However that’s all hypothesis. As soon as we do find her, that’ll reply much more questions.”
With reporting by Marjorie Hernandez
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