Ventura County Sheriff’s Office announced that the search for Naya Rivera at Lake Piru continues and that she has not been found. Rivera, 33, who went missing Wednesday afternoon, is now presumed dead.
“We’re presuming that an accident happened and we’re presuming she drowned in the lake,” Ventura County Sheriff Deputy Chris Dyer said Thursday. “The goal is still to bring Miss Rivera home to her family.”
Rivera is known for her acclimated role as Santana Lopez in Glee.
Rivera was reported missing during a trip to Lake Piru with her son Josey Dorsey, 4. They were swimming in the water when Rivera disappeared.
According to CBS Los Angeles, Josey was found on the boat sleeping after the boat did not return from a three-hour rental.
“About three hours later, another boater found her child sleeping in the boat by himself,” said CBS LA. “The boater notified officials, who immediately began a search for Rivera with the use of helicopters, drones and dive teams. It was not immediately clear how the child got back into the boat.”
“The child was said to be unharmed and told investigators that he and his mother were swimming, but his mother never got back into the boat,” the report continued.
Rivera shared a photo with her son on Tuesday before the presumed accident:
just the two of us pic.twitter.com/wCunAlGJ1B
— Naya Rivera (@NayaRivera) July 7, 2020
As pointed out by People.com, in 2000, the Los Angeles Times documented the tragic history of the lake with dangerous conditions.
The report stated that seven people drowned in Lake Piru between 1994 and 2000.
Douglas West, former Lake Piru’s parks and recreation services manager, said there were about a dozen drownings during his 23 years at the lake.
“Most victims are inexperienced swimmers who are not wearing life jackets and who overestimate their own abilities or swim in prohibited areas,” the report explained.
“The only thing I can emphasize is that if swimmers are around water, they need to wear a personal flotation device whether they know how to swim or not,” West said. “That will save their lives.”