Officials have given a further update on the recovery mission for Glee star Naya Rivera, revealing they believe the actress “never made it out of the water”.
Naya's son, Josey Hollis Dorsey, initially told investigators that he and his mother went for a swim, but she never returned to the boat.
In a press conference on Thursday the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department said after speaking to Josey some more they believe Naya may have drowned.
“He gave enough information to investigators to conclude that his mother never made it out of the water,” Sergeant Kevin Donoghue told reporters.
“We’re still investigating and trying to find out what happened,” the Sergeant continued. “It’s not uncommon to have boating accidents and people lose their lives. And we have had drownings here.”
He said the department was using “every asset available to locate her” including a team of divers and air operations.
“In that particular area of the lake there are a lot of trees and branches in the water making it difficult for divers and visibility is very low,” he added.
“If the body is entangled in something beneath the water it may never come back up.”
The Sergeant added investigators are looking to release the 911 audio as well as CCTV footage from the dock.
“Our prayers and thoughts go out to the Rivera family, it’s a terrible tragedy for all of them, and we hope to bring closure to them,” he concluded.
“We’re going to do everything we can to find her.”
The update comes after authorities revealed their rescue operation to find Naya Rivera is now considered a recovery operation with the Glee star presumed dead, CBSLA reported.
“It kind of changes the title in a sense. We’re presuming that an accident happened, and we’re presuming that she drowned in the lake,” sheriff's Deputy Chris Dyer said.
Captain Eric Buschow of Ventura County Sheriff's Department, told the LA Times Josey was "in good health".
“The family is going through a very traumatic time right now,” he told NBC LA, adding, “This is considered to be a horrible accident.”
Naya's identity was confirmed after finding her wallet onboard the boat with her son. Her life jacket was also in the boat.