The authorities have gone into Lake Piru this morning on Friday in search of actress, Naya Rivera, who they believe drowned while boating with her son. The search has been ongoing for three days.
Rivera, 33, was reported missing after her 4-year old son was found in a rental boat by himself. While the search first started on the shore as they had hoped she had made her way out of the water, Thursday turned the search to the waters of the lake.
They searched the lake until winds and the loss of light made the search difficult. So they started up again on Friday, using sonar to scan the bottom of the lake.
“They’re scanning the bottom of the lake for something that would indicate the shape of a body,” said Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, Capt. Eric Buschow, “When they find something then they send divers down to verify.”
So far, authorities have focused on the north side of the lake where the boat and boy was found, but they say the boat could have drifted for awhile to that side of the lake.
They are saying the search could take up to a week.
Lake Piru is a popular tourist and recreation area in the Los Padres National Forest near Fillmore.
Video footage of Naya Rivera and her son was released by the police that shows the two boarding the rental boat on Wednesday. They departed into the lake around 1 P.M. Hours later, the staff noticed that her boat hadn’t returned yet, prompting them to go out and search for her. Around 4:47 P.M., a woman told 911 dispatchers:
“We have a missing person. We found a little girl in one of the boats by herself and her mom is nowhere to be found.”
The sheriff’s department learned that the boy had been swimming with his mother in the lake. The boy as able to get back on the boat, but the mother was not. He was found sleeping on the boat. Authorities were able to determine that the boy was the last one to see his mother, but they don’t know whether he saw her go underwater.
While Lake Piru is not any more dangerous than any other lakes, the choppy conditions on Wednesday could have made it more difficult for Rivera to get back on the boat, or even had the water push the boat into her and knock her unconscious.
As more updates about the situation come out, we will be sure to report them to you.
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