Several dive teams and cadaver dogs continued their efforts to find actress Naya Rivera at Piru Lake on Saturday, four days after she probably drowned during a boat trip with her 4-year-old son, officials said.
The 33-year-old “Glee” star rented a pontoon boat Wednesday at Ventura County Lake about an hour north of Los Angeles.
The boat salesman discovered the vessel in an area about 30 feet deep after the boat did not return after the 3-hour rental period, officials said. The child slept aboard and wore a life jacket. Another life vest and Rivera’s purse and ID were also on the boat, according to authorities.
Ventura County Sheriff’s Office investigators later announced that Rivera was probably drowning in what appeared to be a “tragic accident.”
Officials closed Piru Lake to the public as teams began to search the shady waters. The operation continued until the weekend, when Sgt. Marta Bugarin said divers had only 1 to 2 feet of visibility.
In addition to cadaver dogs, the crews used echo equipment and an unmanned aerial device to search the lake at 2 square miles.
The depth of water ranges between 10 and 90 feet, Bugarin said.
The lake reopened on July 1 with some limits due to the pandemic but allowed swimming in designated areas, according to the United Water Conservation District. Bugarin said it is unclear if visitors were allowed to swim in the part of the lake where Rivera drowned.
The sergeant repeated that the investigators had no reason to suspect that Rivera was acting unusually during the days leading up to her disappearance.
The recovery team planned to continue their search this evening.
“Our goal is to get the family closed,” Bugarin said. “It’s a traumatic time for them. They are obvious, as you can imagine. “
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