Celebrity News July 10, 2020
Final Video of Naya Rivera Before She Went Missing and 911 Call Released
The Ventura County Sheriff's Department has released the Naya Rivera security footage and 911 call.
In the footage, the “Glee” star can be seen parking her SUV and walking with her son Josey, 4, up to the boat dock.
Meanwhile, on the 911 call, a woman tells the operator, “We found a little girl in one of the boats by herself and her mom is nowhere to be found.” Employees from the boat company reportedly found him alone on the boat, and thought he was a little girl.
The caller goes on to explain that her husband asked her to make the call, and that she was on her way to meet him.
Naya went missing Wednesday while boating with Josey on Lake Piru. Rivera is presumed dead, but authorities have yet to recover her body.
Search efforts resumed on Friday, The L.A. Times reports. Previously, Ventura County Deputy Chris Dyer had told the paper they had 100 personnel, including 25 divers, two helicopters, and six pontoon boats trying to locate her.
He also pointed out that the lake can be very deep in certain areas, and there is tall underwater vegetation that could entangle swimmers.
Ventura County Sheriff's Sgt. Kevin Donoghue also told the press on Thursday, “Our hearts and our prayers and thoughts go out to the Rivera family. This is a terrible tragedy... We're going to do everything we can to find her.”
He added, “If the body is tangled in something beneath the water, it may never come back up.”
Earlier in the week, the department tweeted that they were "using helicopters, boats, ATV vehicles, and ground personnel to try and locate her."
Multiple teams of professional search & rescue personnel are actively searching Lake Piru for clues to the location of Naya Rivera. With over 80 people involved in the search right now, we are using helicopters, boats, ATV vehicles, and ground personnel to try and locate her. pic.twitter.com/o2bN5sQFms@VENTURASHERIFF
Special dive teams have also been brought in for the mission.
We have mutual aid for specialized dive teams en route from Los Angeles County, San Luis Obispo County, and Tulare County. We will keep you posted with any updates as we learn them. Our hearts and prayers go out the all of the family and friends of the Rivera family. #sheriffvc pic.twitter.com/ukmr48HXow@VENTURASHERIFF
Ventura County Sheriff's Department Capt. Eric Buschow told The L.A. Times that Naya rented the boat around 1 p.m. on Wednesday. People magazine reported that staff came looking for the mother and son when they didn't return the pontoon boat after their three-hour rental period. That's when they found Josey sleeping alone on the vessel. According to NBC Los Angeles, Josey was wearing a life jacket, and an adult life jacket was found on board.
Authorities confirmed Rivera's identity with her wallet and ID, which were also found on the boat.
Deputy Dyer told the local news station, "I can't make any sense of what happened. We just know that we found a 4-year-old on a boat, and he said that his mother never got back in... So, right now, we're viewing this as a tragic accident."