The family of Naya Rivera spent part of their day on the banks of the California lake where the actress disappeared on Wednesday.
Her father, George Rivera, arrived on the shores of Lake Piru with the rest of the family. He was seen dashing into the lake and splashing water over himself as he walked into the waters in an emotional moment as he attempted to connect with his missing daughter.
Rivera’s distraught mother was also pictured crumpled on the banks of the lake where her daughter vanished as the search continued for a fourth day.
There were emotional scenes as the family all came together and hugged one another.
At several moments throughout the day family members were seen immersing themselves in the waters, while on other occasions were pictured in isolation, alone with their thoughts.
Naya Rivera’s ex-husband Ryan Dorsey was seen at the banks of Lake Piru on Saturday
At one point Naya Rivera’s father George Rivera sat alongside his former son-in-law Ryan Dorsey
Naya’s father George entered the waters fully clothed as the search for his daughter’s body went on for a fourth day
Naya Rivera’s brother, Mychal, and cousin are pictured together at Lake Piru on Saturday
Rivera’s brother Mychal and his father George can be seen walking with their arms around one another as they made their way over to the lake
Mychael Rivera, Naya’s brother, hugs another family member in the parking lot of the lake close to where the search is occurring
Ryan Dorsey appeared walking out of the lake with a family member of his ex-wife’s, in tears
Dorsey was given a friendly hug by a member of his former in-laws family as they appeared to be speaking about Naya
The entire family put their arms around one another as the horrible nature of what unfolded appeared to be slowly sinking in
The horror of what might have occurred out on the waters of Lake Piru struck Ryan Dorsey as he placed an arm around Naya’s brother Mychal
Family members could be seen speaking with members of the Ventura Sheriff’s Office, who are conducting the search
Ryan Dorsey is hugged by one of Naya’s Rivera’s family members in the lake in a moment of grief
Naya’s brother and dad George appeared to lead the way in some type of respect to connecting with Naya one more time by jumping in the water for what looked like a spiritual moment for the family
Dad, George, and his son, Mychal were spotted walking through the parking lot close to the lake
Ryan Dorsey could be seen wiping away tears as he walked around the banks of the lake close to the Rivera family
Dorsey, 36, would be seen walking along the docks close to patrol boats at the side of the lake
Yolanda Rivera was pictured kneeling with her arms outstretched in a moment of desperation in front of Lake Piru in Ventura near Los Angeles on Saturday alongside Naya’s brother Mychal as the duo joined in the recovery operation for the missing star’s body.
Rivera, 33, disappeared while out boating on the lake with her four-year-old son Josey on Wednesday. Josey was found alone in a rental boat Wednesday evening with no sign of his mother, who is now presumed dead.
Yolanda and Mychal put on life jackets and joined the Ventura County Sheriff’s search team as they scoured the lake. The pair were seen embracing along the banks of the lake.
At other points during the day, younger members of the family were seen playing on a beach at the lake.
George Rivera, is pictured coming out of the lake after venturing into the waters in moment of grief. His son Mychal was there to greet him
Naya Revira’s brother, Mychal, also went into the waters of Lake Piru at the recovery operation went on nearby
Brother Mychal Rivera together with his father George, right, and a cousin, left, were all seen on the shores of Lake Piru
All those present waded into the waters and ended up splashing one another. There were even a few smiles raised
George Rivera initially charged into the water alone and could be seen running back to shores carrying a pair of shoes
Naya Rivera’s former husband, Ryan Dorsey, was seen playing in the lake along with a couple of children belonging to other family members
The family tried to take their mind off the nearby recovery operation that was taking place nearby
Naya Rivera’s father appeared to take a moment to relax with some younger family members in the lake on Saturday
Mychal Rivera, Naya’s brother, could be seen with his partner and their child as they supported other members of the family
Ryan Dorsey took a moment to collect his thoughts and could be seen standing on the jetty at the edge of the lake
Dorsey could be seen wiping away tears. Their relationship was on-and-off for many years but eventually led to the pair walking down the aisle
George Rivera, Naya’s father, took some time to stand at the edge of the lake and collect his thoughts as he looked at the waters
Ryan Dorsey walked around a nearby parking lot as he tried to collect his thoughts during an anguish-filled time for the family
‘They’re obviously devastated, grieving,’ Sgt. Marta Bugarin, a public information officer with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said. ‘Our goal is to try and bring some closure to the family today.’
The recovery operation will resume first thing on Sunday morning. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office was assisted with their search efforts by members of the Tulare and San Luis Obispo sheriff’s agencies as well as a private contractor, Bugarin said.
Footage has been released showing the nightmarish underwater hunt for Rivera’s body as authorities warn she could be found ‘five minutes from now or five days from now’ and her devastated family say they ‘need closure’.
Naya Rivera’s brother, seen in the white t-shirt, and their sons distracted themselves by looking at a nearby fire truck
Naya Rivera’s mum, Yolanda, brother Mychal and father George take a few moments together at Lake Piru
Searchers from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department were seen out on the waters looking for signs of the actress
Naya Rivera’s mother, Yolanda and her son, Mychal, far right, along with a police officer were pictured walking along the jetty
The family were seen walking around the dock area of Lake Piru on Saturday afternoon
Naya Rivera’s distraught mom is seen above with Rivera’s brother on the banks of the lake as the search for the missing Glee star entered its fourth day and authorities released footage of the nightmarish underwater hunt
Naya Rivera’s mother Yolanda and brother Mychal are seen embracing on the edge of the lake as the search for Naya continues
Naya’s mom Yolanda and the Glee star’s brother Mychal are seen getting off of the Ventura County Sheriff’s boats after joining in the search for Naya
Holding out hope: Naya’s family joined in the search operation on Saturday
Several boats combed the lake north of Los Angeles for the remains of the actress and mother
Mychal Rivera could be seen looking across the lake and taking a few moments for himself as he collected his thoughts
The media are pictured during a press conference about the search for Naya Rivera at Lake Piru in California on Saturday
Ryan Dorsey, the actress’s ex-husband could be seen chatting with other family members at the side of the lake on Saturday
Naya’s father George was pictured staring out across the lake while the search party went on nearby
Footage has been released in the underwater hunt (pictured) for Rivera’s body as authorities warn she could be found ‘five minutes from now or five days from now’. Authorities point to a tree limb which looks like nothing more than a long dark shape given the water’s poor visibility, highlighting the challenges divers are facing in the search
The search for the Glee star, 33, (pictured) entered its fourth day Saturday following her disappearance while out boating at Lake Piru in Ventura near Los Angeles with her 4-year-old son Josey
Ventura County Sheriff’s Department shared footage of the ‘difficult’ search for the missing actress on Twitter Friday night, which has been hampered by the poor visibility of the lake’s murky waters.
The video shows the images picked up around 30 feet below the surface of the water.
The lake itself is 1,200 acres and can reach depths of up to 130 feet.
In it, authorities point to a barely visible tree limb highlighting the challenges divers are facing in trying to find the missing mother-of-one.
‘Here’s an example of the underwater visibility at a 30-foot depth in Lake Piru,’ the Sheriff’s Department tweeted.
A second social media post shows footage of the a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) being lowered into Lake Piru and details that specialized equipment including sonar, divers and dogs have also been deployed in the hunt.
‘Here’s the ROV used by @TulareSheriff in the search for Naya Rivera at Lake Piru today,’ the Sheriff’s Department wrote.
Plenty of media gathered nearby along the banks of the lake as they waited for news of the operation
Naya Rivera’s mother Yolanda is seen above with her brother in the white t-shirt, on Saturday. The actress’s distraught family said they just ‘wish’ she could be found so they could get some ‘closure’ over what is believed to have been a tragic drowning
A member of the sheriff’s office is seen above speaking with Naya’s mom on Saturday amid the search
Naya Rivera disappeared while out boating at Lake Piru in Ventura with her four-year-old son Josey on Wednesday and is now presumed dead. Pictured above Naya’s brother can be seen on the front of the boat during the search
Naya Rivera’s brother Mychal is seen at the front of the boat on the fourth day of the search on Saturday
With almost zero visibility, human divers are resorting to searching by feel, meaning it could take several days before crews can locate her body, Eric Buschow, Ventura County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said at a press conference Friday evening.
‘We don’t know if she’s going to be found five minutes from now or five days from now, so we’re still going to be continuing this effort,’ he said. ‘The visibility in the water is one to two feet,’ Buschow added.
Buschow said ‘promising’ images had shown up on the sonar Thursday night but when the ROV was dropped into the water the objects turned out not to be Rivera’s body.
‘What they do is they go out and they tow these devices in the water that scan the bottom of the lake for any objects that might look like a body.
‘Last night, they had a couple of images that showed up on the sonar that they thought might be promising to investigate,’ he said.
The video shows the imagery picked up around 30 foot deep in the water
A second social media post shows footage of the ROV being lowered into Lake Piru
Crew drop the ROV into the water in the hunt for the missing mother-of-one
‘This morning, they sent an ROV, or a small robotic device, down into the water to examine those objects. Unfortunately, they did not locate Naya Rivera. They are still searching.’
Buschow admitted the conditions of the lake made the search ‘difficult’ but said he is confident Rivera’s body will be recovered.
It could take several days before crews can locate her body, Eric Buschow, Ventura County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said at a press conference Friday evening (pictured)
‘It’s very effective,’ he said of the sonar system.
‘They get a really detailed image and they can go down and focus on specific things rather than putting divers in the water where they’re literally feeling around because they can’t see.’
The search resumed at 6am Saturday morning, with authorities now focusing on the north and east sides of the lake, based on where the boat was found and the currents of the water.
A specially-trained dog is also being used in the search to sniff above the water’s surface and alert handlers to a body beneath.
Authorities confirmed the mission had shifted to a recovery Thursday as hope of finding Rivera alive vanished.
The actress’s distraught family said they just ‘wish’ she could be found so they could get some ‘closure’ over what is believed to have been a tragic drowning accident.
A man thought to be 65-year-old Arnold Dorsey, the father of Rivera’s ex-husband Ryan Dorsey and the grandfather to Josey, told The Sun the whole family was ‘sad’ and were rallying around Rivera’s son.
This diagram shows where Naya Rivera and her son rented a boat on Lake Piru before the four-year-old was seen alone. The map in the top left shows the location of the lake in relation to Los Angeles where Rivera lives
The actress’s distraught family said they just ‘wish’ she could be found so they could get some ‘closure’ over what is believed to have been a tragic drowning accident. Rivera pictured with son Josey
A man thought to be 65-year-old Arnold Dorsey (pictured above with Josey), the father of Rivera’s ex-husband Ryan Dorsey and the grandfather to Josey, told The Sun the whole family was ‘sad’ and were rallying around Rivera’s son
‘We are sad, we just wish they could find her so we can have some closure,’ he said outside Rivera’s mother Yolanda’s home in Valencia.
He said Josey was having some ‘good days’ after the four-year-old’s terrifying ordeal.
‘We still have good days [with him], I can’t make any other comment at this time.’
Josey was found asleep and alone on the rental boat Wednesday evening.
He told police his mother had ‘jumped’ into the water to go swimming and never came back, but police admitted it was ‘challenging’ to interview a four-year-old.
The lake was said to be a ‘sanctuary’ for Rivera and somewhere she had been going to for years.
However, the waters are also known for their rip currents and for being full of debris, and eight people have drowned there since 1994.
Authorities have said there is no evidence of foul play or suicide and that everything points to the young star accidentally drowning.
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office released CCTV footage showing Naya Rivera and her four-year-old son arriving at the dock on Lake Piru on Wednesday
The pair climbed onto their pontoon boat rental before heading out into the lake at around 1pm