Sheriff’s Department Diver Says He’s ‘Confident’ Naya Rivera’s Body Will Be Found

Authorities used a photograph that Naya Rivera took of her son, Josey, shortly earlier than she went lacking to assist them in deciding the place to start out looking for her in a California lake.

“There was an image despatched to a member of the family that confirmed the boy on the boat by a cove,” Robert Inglis of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Workplace Search & Rescue Staff advised Us Weekly in an individual interview. “We discovered the place that cove was.”

A timestamp on the photograph revealed that the pic was taken 90 minutes to 2 hours earlier than the 4-year-old was discovered alone on the pontoon boat on Wednesday, July 8, half a mile from the shore of Lake Piru, with no signal of the Glee actress, 33.

Inglis defined that the world the place the photograph was taken and the spot the place the boat was discovered have been beginning factors for authorities earlier than the search was expanded. “We did ship our dive members to these two places and searched these extensively.” He advised Us, including that in several circumstances there are witnesses “who see somebody leaping off a ship so we all know which space to go looking and we can discover the physique extra shortly. On this case, it actually could possibly be the entire lake. Several coves need to be looked for.”

The diver defined that because the search was expanded, the search and rescue workforce bumped into harmful circumstances, with timber and brush within the lake that would have snagged and trapped them underwater.

He additionally stated that the visibility within the lake is so poor, even throughout the daytime, that “in case you have a watch, and also you maintain it in entrance of your masks, you possibly can’t even learn the numbers.”

Further groups have been referred to as in to make use of sonar to assist pinpoint areas of curiosity earlier than divers went down to analyze. The frogmen can’t see, so they’re feeling around some toes underneath the water as they proceed to seek for Rivera.

Whereas a spokesperson for the sheriff’s workplace advised Us on Sunday, July 12, that the restoration operation “Will proceed via at the least Tuesday,” Inglis stated he and his workforce are optimistic that the Devious Maids star will probably be discovered within the subsequent few days. “We’re assured that we’ll find her physique,” he stated.

On Sunday, authorities searched lakeside cabins and the shoreline, however, Inglis advised Us that it’s unlikely Rivera made it out of the water to dry land.

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“As you get extra north within the lake, there are steep hills, and it’s coated with a brush with larger rocks,” he defined. “It will be very troublesome to manoeuvre via that particularly in case you’re simply sporting possibly a showering go well with.”

Inglis thinks one thing occurred to Rivera the place she simply couldn’t get herself again onto the boat after taking a dip within the lake.

“What I believe is that the winds kicked up,” he stated. “These pontoon boats are very gentle, and whenever you push them, it could get away from you. She may have tried to swim after the boat. However, that’s all hypothesis. As soon as we do find her, that’ll reply much more questions.”

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