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Naya Rivera ‘could have been incapacitated before drowning’ as Glee star presumed dead


A search operation is underway for Naya Rivera (Picture: Getty Images)

Naya Rivera ‘could have been incapicated’ before drowning, Police have revealed, as the Glee star is presumed dead.

The actress went missing on Wednesday after a boating trip with her four-year-old son Josey at Lake Piru in California, with a search and recovery operation underway.

Ventura County Sheriff’s Office senior deputy Miguel Gonzalez has said police are not ruling out Naya hitting her head before drowning.

He said: ‘Unfortunately, until the body is recovered we definitely won’t know what actually happened with her, whether it be something medically or if she did have any trauma prior to going down beneath the water.’

Gonzalez added to PA News: ‘And until we recover the body we probably won’t find the answers to those questions.

‘As with any investigation, the coroner will examine those theories and examine toxicology and all the other exams they do to determine exactly the cause of death.’

The search in the northern half of Lake Piru is ‘complicated’ due to the ‘terrible’ visibility in the water.

Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Sgt Kevin Donoghue said at a press conference: ‘There’s a lot of trees and plants and such that are under the water that can cause entanglement. Makes it unsafe for divers and a complicated search.

‘It can be two, three days to a week, I don’t know. It goes back to if there’s something… if the body is entangled in some way, it may not come back up. You can’t predict it.’

He continued: ‘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. We have experts who have dove this lake who know it inside and out, where debris pockets might be, we’re relying on their expertise to help us in that endeavour. We’re going to do everything we can to find her.

‘They may get to a point in time where [the search team has] expelled every resource, they’ve searched every area, the probability of detection, of finding someone in a particular area, they’ve exhausted… when we get to that point, that’s when they’ll probably have to suspend the search. But we’re not there yet.’

Naya’s Glee costars, including Lauren Potter, Heather Morris and Chord Overstreet, have been sharing messages with fans and praying for the star to be found alive.

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