Glee star Naya Rivera’s body ‘may never be found’ as police say lake search ‘could take weeks’

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Naya Rivera's body "may never be recovered" according to police officials who are leading the search for the Glee star at Lake Piru in Ventura County, California.

The 33 year old actress was reported missing on Wednesday, 8 July, after her four year old son Josey was found alone on a rented boat.

Naya’s son is reportedly unharmed and told investigators that he and his mother went swimming, but she never got back into the boat.

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A spokesman for the Ventura County Sheriff's Office told reporters that they have not been able to locate the star and they have switched "efforts into a search and recovery operation".

Sergeant Kevin Donoghue has since provided an update as he revealed there is CCTV footage from the dock that shows the Glee star's rented boat departing.

According to Mirror Online he also explained that it could be weeks before the body is found as he said: "If the body is entangled on something beneath the water, it may never come back up."

He continued: "There's no way to really say. We're putting our best foot forward to try and locate her, we're using all the assets that are available to us, we're using technology like sonar."

Sergeant Donoghue said that experts involved in the search for Naya know the lake "inside and out" and are doing everything they can.

"We're relying on their expertise to help us in that endeavour. We're going to do everything that we can to find her," he said.

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More than 100 rescuers are involved in the search for Naya in the lake, with "multiple dive teams" looking for her in the depths while two helicopters continue to carry out an aerial search.

Efforts to find the star has been made difficult as the depth of the lake differs in each location with officer Chris Dyer saying it can go from between 50-60ft to 4ft over a short distance.

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Naya is best known for playing Santana Lopez on hit musical comedy Glee from 2009 to 2015.

She welcomed son, Josey Hollis, with ex-husband Ryan Dorsey in 2015.

Naya's last tweet, which she posted on Tuesday, was a gorgeous picture of her cuddling her son, which she captioned: “Just the two of us".

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