July 11, 2020 11:14 am
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It’s been three days since former “Glee” actress Naya Rivera went missing in Lake Piru in California while boating with her 4-year-old son, who was found alone in their pontoon with his mother nowhere to be found. Now, police have released some chilling underwater footage that shows just how difficult their search for Rivera has been.

Fox News reported that during a press conference on Friday night, Capt. Eric Buschow revealed that the Ventura County Police Department has brought in “specialized equipment,” including a sonar system, to help in the search.

“What they do is they go out and they tow these devices in the water that scan the bottom of the lake for any objects that might look like a body,” Buschow said. “Last night, they had a couple of images that showed up on the sonar that they thought might be promising to investigate. This morning, they sent an ROV, or a small robotic device, down into the water to examine those objects. Unfortunately, they did not locate Naya Rivera. They are still searching.”

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The video released by the department shows water that is so cloudy and green that it is difficult to make anything out, except for a large tree limb. Buschow described the murky water conditions as “difficult,” but he added that authorities are utilizing all the tools they can get their hands on.

“The visibility in the water is one to two feet,” Buschow said, adding that the depth in the area being searched is up to 35 feet.

“We’re still continuing the search and we appreciate everybody’s cooperation,” he said. “We know everyone’s concerned out there about this case and locating her and providing some closure for her family.”

Buschow went on to say that he is confident that Rivera’s body will be found.

“It’s very effective,” he said of the sonar system. “They get a really detailed image and they can go down and focus on specific things rather than putting divers in the water where they’re literally feeling around because they can’t see.”

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Police have been focusing their search on the north and east sides of the lake, based on both where Rivera’s boat was found and on wind patterns.

“We don’t know if she’s gonna be found five minutes from now or five days from now so we’re still going to be continuing this effort,” Buschow said.

He also said that the lake is about two miles long and is “about 130 feet” at its deepest. Authorities say that Rivera’s 4 year-old son is “in good health,” and her family has yet to release a statement about the situation.

This piece originally appeared in UpliftingToday.com and is used by permission.

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