Lake Piru's poor visibility is making the search-and-recovery operations extremely difficult. Police have also issued a warning for fans who are planning to search for the Glee star's missing body on their own.
Ventura County Sheriff's Office has released underwater footage of Lake Piru as the search for Glee star Naya Rivera continues.
The footage shows the lake's murky waters and treacherous conditions, making the ongoing search and recovery operation extremely difficult.
The police posted the video on Twitter saying:
"Here’s an example of the underwater visibility at a 30-foot depth in Lake Piru.’
2/2 Here’s an example of the underwater visibility at a 30-foot depth in Lake Piru. pic.twitter.com/YGNNUdmPQ4— Ventura Co. Sheriff (@VENTURASHERIFF) July 11, 2020
The 33-year-old actress has been missing in the Southern Californian lake since July 8, after renting a boat with her four-year-old son, Josey Hollis. A boater found Rivera's son alone in the boat and alerted authorities.
Rivera's son was found wearing a life jacket, while another adult size life jacket was found beside him in the boat. The boy, who remains to be the only witness of the unfortunate event, has since told authorities that he saw his mother 'disappear beneath the water.'
Two days after Rivera went missing, Rivera was presumed dead, and the police have shifted from search-and-rescue to search-and-recovery operation.
The police have been using helicopters, boats, sonar technology, and divers to find Rivera's body. They are actively updating the public on the latest developments in the case through social media.
Sergeant Kevin Donoghue has previously noted in a press conference that divers may never actually recover Rivera's body due to the lake's treacherous conditions.
"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," Donoghue said. "If the body is entangled in something beneath the water, it may never come back up. We don't know."
However, Donoghue has later changed his statement following an online petition asking the police to extend their search beyond the lake.
Donoghue said that they've searched on the ground and the shoreline, not just looking for Rivera physically but also of possible clues and evidence that may suggest she made it to the shore.
Unfortunately, they didn't find any, and they're now only holding on to her son's statements.
"He observed his mother disappear beneath the water. So we are very confident she is in the water and that at some point in time we will recover her from the lake." Donoghue said.
The police continue with their extensive search-and-recovery operation for Rivera's body.
Rivera's disappearance has greatly devastated a lot of fans, and the police are wary of the possible implications if they decide to search for Rivera's body on their own.
In a recent twitter post, Ventura County Sheriff's Office has warned people who are planning to search for Rivera's body.
The sheriff's office tweeted:
For those intent on searching for Naya Rivera on your own, 1. The lake is closed. 2. Temps are already in the 90’s. 3. The terrain around the lake is very steep and rugged. Our teams are well equipped and highly trained. We don’t want to have to rescue you.
In today’s search for Naya Rivera, cabins and outbuildings in the surrounding area will be checked once again, as well as the shoreline. This has been part of the ongoing search effort since her disappearance on Wednesday afternoon. Boat crews continue to scan the lake.— Ventura Co. Sheriff (@VENTURASHERIFF) July 12, 2020