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‘Glee’ Actress Naya Rivera Presumed Dead; Recovery Tactics At Lake Shift – Update
UPDATE, Saturday, 11 AM: The Ventura County Sheriffs Department is continuing its search today for Naya Rivera at Lake Piru. The murky and debris-strewn lake has made recovery efforts difficult for the search teams. The Tulare County Sheriffs and San Luis Obispo Sheriffs are also participating in the search for Rivera, who is presumed dead after diving off a boat into Lake Piru and never resurfacing.
As the search for "Glee" star Naya Rivera enters its fifth day, co-star Heather Morris has reached out to authorities asking if she and a small group of friends can help join the search.
"I understand your team is doing everything in their power, but we are feeling helpless, powerless and want to help in any way. I have left a message with the department of Rescue and Air today, and I will call again tomorrow. Thank you,"to the Ventura County Sheriff's Office.
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Naya Rivera was reported missing on Wednesday after her 4-year-old son was found alone in a boat on a California lakeThe star was reported missing Wednesday after a trip to Lake Peru in Ventura County, California, with her 4-year-old son Josey (whom she shares with ex-husband Ryan Dorsey). Five days later, police recovered her body from the lake. She was 33.
Rivera went missing this past Wednesday after renting a boat at Lake Piru in California with her 4-year-old son. When the boat was not returned on time, rental stand employees found the boat with the child unharmed but alone, and authorities began a search. Sonar technology has been brought to the lake given its low visibility, and today authorities say they have expanded the search to the shore and nearby cabins surrounding the lake.
Morris and Rivera were closely linked on "Glee," playing cheerleader squad mates and eventual spouses Brittany Pierce and Santana Lopez. Morris has tweeted continuously since Rivera's disappearance, asking "Glee" fans to keep Rivera in their thoughts and prayers and thanking authorities "who are working to tirelessly right now in the search and recovery of our Naya."
Naya Rivera currently appears in the "Step Up" series adaptation, which previously aired on YouTube Red and will air on Starz for its upcoming third season. Her other credits include "Devious Maids," "The Bernie Mac Show" and "American Dad," among many others.
Naya Rivera's Ex Ryan Dorsey 'Can't Imagine Raising Josey Without' Her: Source .
"It's just a nightmare. Although he wasn't with Naya, it's Josey's mom. Josey needs his mom," a source tells PEOPLE about Naya Rivera's ex-husband, Ryan Dorsey“Ryan has barely slept,” a source says in the latest issue of PEOPLE. “It’s just a nightmare. Although he wasn’t with Naya, it’s Josey’s mom. Josey needs his mom.