As crews continue to scour Lake Piru for actress and “Glee” star Naya Rivera, loved ones are gathering at the scene and staying close to the search, Page Six reports.
Rivera was reported missing Wednesday after her 4-year-old son, Josey, was found all alone on a pontoon boat on the lake, which is about 60 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.
On Saturday, Rivera’s former husband, Ryan Dorsey, and her father, George, were pictured going into the lake. Photos taken at the scene show Dorsey and his former father in law hugging before entering the water.
Rivera’s brother also went into the lake with George and appeared to pray, TMZ reports. Meanwhile, the DailyMail reports that Rivera’s mother and other family members could be seen on the banks of the lake on Saturday.
Rivera divorced Dorsey in 2018 after a four-year marriage.
Josey, whose father is Dorsey, told investigators they had planned to swim in the lake together but that she never returned to the boat. Search crews have included divers, drones, helicopters, and even cadaver dogs. Poor visibility in the lake has hampered search efforts.
Unlike natural lakes in the area, he said, Piru Creek creates a current flowing down out of the canyon in the lake, while winds kicking up most often blow in the opposite direction, at times creating harsh conditions, although Lake Piru Recreation Area along the western shore is a popular area for boating, fishing, swimming, and camping.
The lake has numerous trees and debris in it. If Rivera is confirmed to have drowned, she would be the ninth person to do so in the lake since the mid-1990s, according to TMZ. Local residents have been calling for clear warnings alerting swimmers to the dangers lurking in the water.
“Our goal is to bring the family closure,” Ventura County Sheriff Sgt. Marta Bugarin said at a news conference. “It’s a traumatic time for them. They’re devastated, obviously.”
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[Feature Photo: Naya Rivera via AP]