The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department has released photos showing the underwater water in the lake where Naya Rivera disappeared.
The former “Glee” actress, 33, disappeared on Wednesday after she rented and boarded a pontoon boat on Lake Piru near Los Angeles with her 4-year-old son Josey. The boy has been found and is safe, but the search for Rivera is still ongoing.
At a press conference on Friday evening, Captain Eric Buschow explained that the department has brought in “special equipment”, including a sonar system, to assist in the search.
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“What they do is they go out and they tow those units in the water that search the bottom of the lake for any objects that might look like a body,”
“Last night they had a couple of pictures that appeared on the sonar that they thought might be promising to investigate. This morning they sent an ROV, or a small robotic device, into the water to investigate these objects. Unfortunately, they did not find Naya Rivera. They’re still searching. “
A video posted on the department’s Twitter page Friday, shot by the underwater apparatus, shows cloudy and green water. It is difficult to produce anything else in the 11-second clip other than a large tree limb.
Buschow called the shady water conditions “difficult,” but said authorities are using all the tools they can get hold of.
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“The visibility in the water is one to two feet,” Buschow said, noting that the depth of the searched area is up to 35 feet.
“We are still continuing our search and we appreciate everyone’s cooperation,” he said. “We know everyone is worried about this case and locating her and giving a family closure.”
Buschow said he is confident Rivera’s body will be found.
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“It’s very effective,” the captain said of the sonar system. “They get a really detailed picture and they can go down and focus on specific things rather than putting divers into the water where they literally feel because they can’t see.”
Authorities are focusing on the north and east sides of the lake, based on where Rivera’s boat was found and the wind patterns and currents.
“We don’t know if she’ll be found five minutes from now or five days from now, so we continue to continue this effort,” Buschow said.
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Josey, the son of Rivera’s ex, actor Ryan Dorsey, is “in good health,” authorities confirmed earlier this week.
Lake Piru is two miles long and its deepest point is “about 130 feet,” Buschow said. Authorities also use sniffing dogs to assist with boat searches.
Rivera’s family has not yet released a statement.
Fox News’ Julius Young contributed to this report.