The lake where Naya Rivera disappeared has a dark past

Glee star Naya Rivera went missing while boating and swimming with her son on Lake Piru, and the search continues for the star who is presumed dead.

Her four-year-old son, Josey, was found sleeping alone on the rented boat after his mother didn’t return it.

Ventura County Sheriff officer Chris Dyer said at a press conference: ‘I think a tragic accident happened here and it breaks my heart.’

While the search for her goes on, this isn’t the only terrible event to have taken place in the lake’s treacherous waters…

The dark history of Lake Piru

Lake Piru, located in a reservoir in southern California, has been the site of several deaths over the years.

These tragedies have often been blamed on things like low visibility, debris, winds strong enough to tip boats over, whirlpools, and cold temperatures in the water.

Sheriff Dyer has cited ‘dangerous conditions’ as the reason why authorities had to pause the search for Naya on Wednesday night.

He said: ‘We’re talking during the day 8 to 10 inches of visibility in the lake, lots of debris, full-sized trees and debris under the water and varying depths.’

The LA Times reported in 2000 that there had been seven deaths in the lake since 1994.

Lake Piru’s parks and recreation services manager at the time, Douglas West, told the publication that there had been approximately a dozen deaths there during his then-23 years working there, and that most of those who died were not experienced swimmers, were without life jackets and had sadly overestimated their skills in the water or swam in prohibited areas.

It’s thought that Naya was not wearing a life-jacket while young Josey was.

The child, who is now with his father and Naya’s ex-husband Ryan Dorsey, told authorities that his mother had gone into the water but didn’t come back up. 

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