Actress Naya Rivera has been missing since Wednesday as she was at Lake Piru in Ventura county with her four-year-old son. The two were initially playing in the water together but later, her son was sleeping on the boat that they rented with her being found nowhere in sight. Rivera was being searched for all evening but the search was suspended until “first light” on Thursday. Since then, local authorities have had difficulty locating her or finding out she went missing.
On social media, people were calling for cabins to be checked. This is what went on to be done this weekend but Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Shannon King told People that there were no progress in this search either.
“They’re not occupied. Nothing came of it. They were just doing the shoreline to make sure nothing has changed. There were a lot of folks that were talking on social media about, ‘Oh, check the cabins. Maybe she’s there, maybe she’s hanging out.’ … But nothing came of it. There’s no evidence to say she left the water. It appears to be 100 percent just a tragic drowning.”
Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Eric Buschow also added how he believed that Rivera was not a victim of foul play in this incident. This is based on things they’ve been able to obtain such as security tapes, evidence, and interview statements.
“We are confident, based on the circumstances, she was not a victim of foul play. There is no indication of this being an abduction or a homicide. There is also nothing to indicate it was a suicide either. At the point that she’s found… depending on what the autopsy results are, that may provide some clarity as to what took place. But it appears that this was just a tragic accident.”
Buschow also gave some clarity on the direction in the lake that Rivera was originally heading to while on the lake. He revealed that she was going north instead of south.
“She never went to the south-side of the lake. We know that from surveillance cameras, the boat never came back to the south, so the focus of the search has been to the north and to the north-east side of the lake. There weren’t a lot of people on the lake that day. All of the times she was seen, were on the north side of the lake. Suffice to say that all indications are, at this point, that she drowned in the lake. All indications are she is in the water and we still believe that.”
Methods of locating Rivera that have been done such as side scan sonar, dogs and divers, and an ROV have since been “scaled back.” Authorities will now be using boat crews and helicopters, added Buschow.
“There aren’t as many personnel out there today as there were on say Thursday or Friday. Part of that is… you know, some of those resources were provided by mutual aid, we have other counties that have helped out with resources. The search will continue in some form. And as we go forward that may be just limited to a couple boat crews, fly-overs by the helicopter, that sort of thing. Today, the sonar scanning at the lake will be finished.”
Hopefully, Rivera will be miraculously found. If she did pass away, it would have been at the very young age of 33. She is known most for her acting role in the TV series, ‘Glee,’ from 2009-2015. She also appeared in ‘The Bernie Mac Show,’ ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ and ‘CSI: Miami.’