Rivera, 33, vanished Wednesday from Lake Piru in Southern California’s Ventura County. She went to the lake that afternoon and rented a pontoon boat together with her 4-year-old son, in accordance with authorities.
Rivera’s son was on the boat, however she was nowhere to be discovered. One life jacket was discovered on the boat and the boy was carrying one other. Investigators discovered Rivera’s purse and her identification, however no different clues on the boat. Rivera has been presumed useless.
The lake stays closed to the general public whereas the search continues.
“We do not know if she’s going to be discovered 5 minutes from now or 5 days from now, so we’re nonetheless going to be persevering with this effort,” stated Capt. Eric Buschow, Ventura County Sheriff’s Workplace spokesman.
The Sheriff’s Workplace has teamed up with the Coast Guard and Tulare County searchers within the restoration effort. Investigators are utilizing side-scanning sonar in water with visibility of solely a few foot, Buschow stated. A specially-trained canine can also be getting used within the search. The canine is skilled to smell simply above the floor and alert handlers in the event that they sense a physique beneath the water.
The sonar tools introduced a pair photos of curiosity throughout Thursday evening’s search. These areas have been searched, however nothing has been discovered.
Lake Piru is the results of a canyon that was dammed and flooded. It’s about 2 miles lengthy and about 130 ft deep at its deepest level.
“There’s a movement to this lake,” Buschow stated. “Even with that present, wherever she went down, they’re assured that that is the place she can be discovered.”
A plan to drop the extent of the lake is deliberate for subsequent month as a way to do seismic retrofitting of the dam. That plan was in place nicely earlier than Rivera’s disappearance, in accordance with Buschow.
Detectives have spoken to Rivera’s son and because of that dialog don’t imagine Rivera made it to shore, he stated.
Rivera performed Santana Lopez on the Fox present “Glee” for six years between 2009 and 2015, and appeared in almost each episode of the musical-comedy-drama. She was additionally on the CBS sitcom “The Royal Household” and within the comedy movie “The Grasp of Disguise.”
CNN’s Religion Karimi, Dakin Andone and Stella Chan contributed to this report.