‘Glee’ star Naya Rivera’s body may never be found due to the terrible visibility in Lake Piru, where the actress went missing over 48 hours ago — but authorities say they are no using ‘advanced sonar equipment’ to aid in the recovery.
According to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, says the lake is filled with underwater trees and plants, and if someone gets tangled they could be stuck in the place indefinitely.
“In this particular lake, in that area, there’s a lot of trees and plants and such that are under the water that can cause entanglements. It makes it unsafe for the divers and it makes it a more complicated search,” a spokesperson for the Sheriff’s said.
He continued, “We’re using all the assets that are available to us. We’re using technology like sonar. We have experts who have dove this lake, that know it inside and out, that know where debris pockets might be. We’re relying on their expertise to help us in that endeavor. We’re going to do everything that we can to find her. We’re going to continue to search.”
As we reported, over 80 personnel are aiding in the recovery effort for the actress, and their team is “putting forth our best foot forward to try and locate her.”
On Friday, authorities tweeted out details of sonar equipment being used to try and locate her body. “Today’s search at Lake Piru involves the use of sophisticated sonar equipment in the effort to locate Naya Rivera. We are being assisted by @TulareSheriff @LASDHQ and @USCGLosAngeles,” it read.
As we reported, Naya Rivera was reported missing after her 4-year-old son was found floating in a rental boat all alone. The two had ventured out on a pontoon boat earlier in the day, and Naya did not return.
According to one report, Naya’s son told investigators his mom jumped in the lake to go swimming but never resurfaced.
A diver working with the recovery effort described the incredible tough situation to media during a press conference on Thursday.
“The visibility is about one to two feet and then in some clearings, it’s up to three to five. There’s a lot of tree branches and overgrowth from when the lake was lower, so we’re digging through, breaking through sticks and searching a heavy brush bottom. Under the water, it’s a lot by feel. Again, there’s a lot of shrubbery and sticks that we have to break through as we’re going through, so it’s kind of a Braille search.”
Unfortunately, the Sheriff’s have announced the search for Naya Rivera will not continue indefinitely.
“Those that are responsible for managing the overall search, they may get to a point in time where they’ve expelled every resource, they’ve searched every area, the probability of detection, of finding someone in a particular area, they’ve exhausted. When we get to that point, that’s when they would probably have to suspend the search.”
Authorities claim the recovery effort has not reached the point, yet, and continue to comb the lake for the actress.