The 911 surveillance video and audio related to the disappearance of former “Glee” actress Naya Rivera were released on Thursday, according to reports.
Authorities in southern California said Rivera, 33, was presumed dead after a boat trip Wednesday with her 4-year-old son. The child was found alone on Wednesday in the boat they had rented at Lake Piru, north of Los Angeles.
Rivera’s search ended Thursday evening with plans to resume on Friday, reported Los Angeles-based KNBC-TV. The search has already been declared a recovery operation by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.
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Rivera and her son had rented the pontoon boat around 1 p.m. and another boater discovered her son sleeping in the craft three hours later. The crews were also looking for the boat at that time because its rental had expired.
“The urgency is that we have a missing person,” said a 911 caller at approximately 4:40 p.m., FOX 11 County Sheriff’s Office said in Los Angeles. “We found a little girl in one of the boats near the boat. southern end (of Piru Lake) but his mother is nowhere to be found, “said the appellant woman to the dispatcher.
She said that she did not see the child her husband found sleeping in the boat. The child turned out to be Rivera’s son, Josey, who has long hair.
The boat was found in an area of the lake about 30 feet deep with 15 feet of visibility, officials said. With Josey, who was wearing a life jacket, authorities found Rivera’s purse and an adult life jacket in the boat. His car was found in the parking lot, according to FOX 11.
Josey told investigators on Wednesday that he and his mother went swimming during their excursion, but she never got back into the boat. He was wearing a life jacket but it was not, he said.
Investigators closed the lake on Wednesday while searching for actress “Glee” overnight.
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said on Thursday that “difficult conditions” such as the low visibility in the lake made research “a very slow process”.
Officials said Rivera has been to the lake before, but has strong tear currents and is easy for even experienced swimmers to get tangled in debris, KCAL-TV reported.
A wharf surveillance video showed that Rivera and her son were the only two people to board the boat, and investigators said the foul play was not suspected.
“We have no indication, after talking to her son, that Miss Rivera has arrived ashore,” said the sheriff’s sergeant. Kevin Donoghue to reporters, according to FOX 11. “So our research efforts are concentrated in the water. He gave enough information to the investigators to conclude that his mother never came out of the water. ”
Rivera is best known for playing Santana Lopez on “Glee” and, more recently, she played Collette Jones in the series “Step Up: High Water”.
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She was married to actor Ryan Dorsey, Josey’s father, from 2014 to 2018. He has now found Josey, according to People magazine.
Nate Day of Fox News contributed to this report.