A news portal reported that Dorsey and Rivera ‘s dad, George, appeared emotional as they entered the water fully-clothed Saturday on the fourth day of the search at Lake Piru which is about 56 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.
In one photo, Dorsey and his former father-in-law hugged to pay tribute to the missing “Glee” star before diving into the water with other family members, The Sun reported.
Rivera, 33, was reported missing since Wednesday, and her 4-year-old son, Josey, was found alone on their rented pontoon boat.
Rivera ‘s son is from her marriage to Dorsey which she divorced after almost four years of marriage in June 2018.
The mother of Naya Rivera even broke down last Saturday on the banks of Lake Piru, bending and throwing her arms wide with her son Mychal by her side. They stared out at the waters whereon Naya was missing.
TMZ confirmed that the mother and son later put on life jackets and boarded a boat to assist with the body search.
The boy told authorities they had been swimming together in the lake but she never jumped back into the boat.
Divers, helicopters, drone aircraft, and cadaver dogs tried to locate Rivera, but officials said lake visibility was poor.
“Our goal is to bring the family closure,” Ventura County Sheriff Sgt. Marta Bugarin told media. “It’s a traumatic time for them. They’re devastated, obviously.”
The Office of the Ventura County Sheriff said it suspects the actress drowned accidentally in the pool, about 56 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Police found ID and a purse for Rivera. Josey, Rivera ‘s son wearing a life jacket on the boat was already found, officials said.
“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,” said Capt. Eric Buschow, spokesman for the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, CNN said.
The Sheriff’s Office is working on the recovery with searchers from the Coast Guard and Tulare County. Buschow said probers use side-scanning sonar with visibility of just about one foot in the water. Also, a specially trained dog is used to warn handlers if they sense a body underwater, the report claimed.