Heather Morris, who played Rivera’s love interest on the hit television show, tweeted to the Ventura County Sheriff’s to ask permission to conduct a foot search with ‘a small group of friends’ around Lake Piru.
As we reported, Naya Rivera has been missing for almost a week after she disappeared after renting a boat on the lake with her 4-year-old son. At the time, her son told investigators his mother jumped into the lake for a swim but never returned.
“I understand your team is doing EVERYTHING in their power, but we are feeling helpless, powerless and want to help in any way,” Morris wrote to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department on Twitter.
She continued, “I have left a message with the Department of Rescue and Air today, and I will call again tomorrow. Thank you.”
It’s unclear at this point if rescuers will allow outside help in the search for Naya’s body — for now the lake remains closed to anyone not working for law enforcement.
According to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, they have deployed over 80 people to search for the ‘Glee’ star — and are now using underwater robots as a part of the mission.
Authorities released video from it’s ROV (remotely operated vehicle) where they came across a dark spot in the water, which turned out to be a tree branch.
“What they do is they go out and they tow these devices in the water that scan the bottom of the lake for any objects that might look like a body,” a Sheriff’s spokesperson said.
He added, “Last night, they had a couple of images that showed up on the sonar that they thought might be promising to investigate. This morning, they sent an ROV, or a small robotic device, down into the water to examine those objects. Unfortunately, they did not locate Naya Rivera. They are still searching.”
But, in the video, you can tell how bad the visibility is in the water at this location of the lake. We’re told they are concentrated on the east side of the lake where they believe Naya was last seen in the water.
Late last night, Sheriff’s shared a photo of rescue workers shutting down for the night, but promised to be up and running Sunday as soon as its light outside.
“Today’s search operation at Lake Piru is winding down. The mission will resume Sunday morning in the ongoing effort to locate Naya Rivera,” the department tweeted.
As we reported, unfortunately, investigators say her body may never be found due to the thick tree and brush below the surface. If she is caught in anything in the water, she could be stuck in that location.
1/2 Here’s the ROV used by @TulareSheriff in the search for Naya Rivera at Lake Piru today. This is one of many resources being used, along with side scan sonar, dogs, and divers. pic.twitter.com/LkeI04HIMJ
— Ventura County Sheriff (@VENTURASHERIFF) July 11, 2020