Naya Rivera Update: Ventura Sheriff’s Department Shares Video of Low Visibility in Lake

Search for missing “Glee” star continues

Last Updated: July 13, 2020 @ 10:08 AM

As the search for former “Glee” actress Naya Rivera continued late into Friday, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office updated the public with details of the operation including two video clips, one demonstrating the extremely low underwater visibility of Lake Piru affecting the search, and another showing the equipment being used.

The first clip showed one of the remotely operated underwater vehicles being used to locate signs of Rivera, a floating drone with cameras on it, connected to a boat via a cable, which according to the department is being used in addition to “side scan sonar, dogs and divers.”

The second clip demonstrates how the drones are operated via a handheld controller connected to a computer, with footage displayed on an attached screen. As the drone footage shows, at a depth of 30 feet the lake is extremely muddy and objects can only be identified with clarity very close to the camera. See both clips below.

Earlier Friday afternoon, Captain Eric Buschow said the search continued for signs of Rivera, who disappeared Wednesday during a boating trip with her son on the lake. He said that while they have found some promising objects, Rivera’s body has yet to be found. He said teams are continuing to search the north and eastern parts of the two-mile-long lake, which is 130 feet deep at its maximum depth. Cadaver dogs are also searching the top of the water. Read more about that here.

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.”

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