Naya Rivera’s disappearance remains a mystery after the “Glee” star went missing on Wednesday. She rented a pontoon boat at Lake Piru in the Los Padres National Forest in Ventura County, California with her four-year-old son Josey. At some point, she jumped off the boat to go for a swim, and never resurfaced.
Since then, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department has led an extensive search operation for Rivera, who is now presumed to be dead.
One of the diver’s involved in the search shared his theory on what may have happened to Rivera with The Daily Mail. Robert Inglis said that some areas of the lake are much more shallow than people realize, and there are underwater trees and other objects that can be dangerous. He thinks Rivera may have dived off the boat and hit her head.
“People have broken their necks before,” Inglis said. “It’s happened in pools quite frequently; it can happen in lakes as well.”
He went on to explain that in some coves on the lake, the water can be extremely shallow.
“If you go into some coves, you could have 3ft off bottom and not even see it until you jumped in,” Inglis explained. “With the lake when you start to get more north because that’s where the shallow part of the lake is. There’s a lot of brush, you have these trees that are there and they do stick up.”
Inglis said that Lake Piru is an “underwater forest” because it is a man made lake that once was above water. He said everyone who goes swimming in the lake needs to be wearing a like vest, especially in windy conditions which can create waves up to two feet high.
It was discovered that Rivera was missing after workers at the marina where she rented the boat went looking for her because she did not return it within the three hour limit.
They found the boat with only Josey aboard. Rivera’s life vest was still on the pontoon. Josey was not harmed and was returned safely to his family.
Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Kevin Donoghue said on Thursday that they don’t know if they’ll ever be able to find her body.
“If the body is entangled in something underneath the water, it may never come up,” he said. “There’s a lot of trees and plants and such that are under the water that can cause entanglement.” He added that this “makes it unsafe for divers and a complicated search.”