The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office has released security footage of former “Glee” star Naya Rivera hiring and boarding a pontoon boat at Lake Piru near Los Angeles Wednesday in the hours before her disappearance.
About a minute later, the actress, 33, can be seen parking her car and taking her 4-year-old son, Josey, to rent a pontoon boat. The two are then escorted to a boat before leaving the dock.
According to previous reports, the rental took place around 1:00 p.m. and the boat was to return to shore about 3 hours later.
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Authorities are unsure of what happened during this period, but a few hours later, Josey was found alone on the boat and said that he and his mother had gone swimming and that she never went back upstairs. on board.
The investigation is ongoing, but Rivera is presumed dead.
Extensive research remains underway for the actress, who has become a “slow process” due to “harsh conditions” such as the low visibility in the lake, the sheriff’s office said in a press release Thursday.
According to authorities, around 100 people are involved in the research, including divers and air crews, and Rivera had experience sailing on the lake.
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Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said on Thursday that “investigators believe Rivera was drowned in what appears to be a tragic accident.”
Josey, who is also the son of actor Rivera’s ex-husband Ryan Dorsey, is safe and “in good health,” according to authorities.
“The family is going through a very traumatic time,” said Ventura County bush captain Eric Buschow to the Los Angeles Times.
Rivera played the role of Santana Lopez in the six seasons of “Glee”. She also released the song “Sorry” in 2013 with rapper Big Sean.
A handful of actress “Glee” co-stars have expressed concern online, including Demi Lovato, who starred in the series, playing a love interest in the character of Rivera.
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“Please pray that @nayarivera will be found safe and sound,” said a post in his Instagram story next to a photo of a burning candle.
Later, she shared a second message: “Pray for Naya, nothing is impossible with God. ”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.