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Haunting Footage Shows Naya Rivera's Final Moments Before Disappearing

Haunting Footage Shows Naya Rivera's Final Moments Before Disappearing

CCTV footage of Naya Rivera's final moments has been released by the Ventura County Sheriff's Department.

The former Glee star, 33, is presumed dead after going missing yesterday following an incident at Lake Piru in Ventura County, California.

Now, efforts to find Naya are being classed as a "search and recovery operation" after police said it could be some time before a body is recovered.

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Naya rented a boat for her and her four-year-old son to take out onto the lake at around 1pm yesterday.

But just hours later, another person who was also out on the lake, found her son, Josey, in the boat asleep by himself, along with Naya's life jacket, ID and purse. The police were notified and a search began.

It's reported that Josey told police that the pair had been swimming, but that Naya never got back into the boat.

Naya was reported missing yesterday (Credit: PA)
Naya was reported missing yesterday (Credit: PA)
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Now, officials have released CCTV footage from the boat launch, where Naya rented the pontoon. In the video, Naya and Josey can be seen walking along the pier towards the boats and later departing the dock, travelling north of the lake. You can see the full video here.

A Ventura County Sheriff Department spokesperson said: "If the body is entangled on something beneath the water, it may never come back up.

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Naya and Josey can be seen leaving the car (Credit: Ventura County Sheriff's Department)
Naya and Josey can be seen leaving the car (Credit: Ventura County Sheriff's Department)
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The boat can be seen departing (Credit: Ventura County Sheriff's Department)
The boat can be seen departing (Credit: Ventura County Sheriff's Department)
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In efforts to find Naya, police have been dispatching diving teams, helicopters and drones. However, visibility during the daytime is approximately 8-10 inches, while debris such as trees, sticks, shrubbery and other plants make the search more difficult.

Visibility is so poor, it's been described as a "braille search".

Just a couple of days ago, Naya had posted a touching image on social media with her son, Josey.

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"Just the two of us," she captioned the photograph.

Naya and Josey rented the boat yesterday afternoon (Credit: Naya Rivera)
Naya and Josey rented the boat yesterday afternoon (Credit: Naya Rivera)

Naya - who starred in Glee from 2009 to 2015, welcomed her son five years ago, with her then husband Ryan Dorsey. The pair split two years ago, in 2018.

Our thoughts are with Naya's family.

Featured Image Credit: Ventura County Sheriff's Department

Topics: Glee, Naya Rivera, News

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Lucy Devine

Lucy is a journalist working for Tyla. After graduating with a master's degree in journalism, she has worked in both print and online and is particularly interested in fashion, food, health and women's issues. Northerner, coffee addict, says hun a lot. Get in touch at [email protected]