Californian authorities have pleaded with Naya Rivera’s friends not to launch their own search parties to try and locate the missing star because it’s too dangerous.
The Glee actress has been missing since 8 July after taking her four-year-old son, Josey, out for a boat ride on Lake Piru, where they enjoyed a swim.
She never made it back to the vessel, and her boy was found sleeping onboard, alone, three hours later.
Officials have been searching for the 33-year-old ever since, and over the weekend, her close pal and former TV co-star Heather Morris revealed she is desperate to aid in the mission, but has been unable to speak directly to Venture County Sheriff’s Department bosses.
Turning to Twitter to appeal to police, she wrote, “I’m trying to conduct an on foot search and rescue mission along with a small group of friends at Lake Piru. I understand your team is doing EVERYTHING in their power, but we are feeling helpless, powerless and want to help in any way. I have left a message with the department of Rescue and Air today, and I will call again tomorrow. Thank you.”
However, on Sunday authorities urged members of the public to refrain from looking for Naya themselves – because it could do more harm than good to their investigation.
In a series of Twitter posts, a sheriff’s spokesperson wrote: “For those intent on searching for Naya Rivera on your own, 1. The lake is closed. 2. Temps are already in the 90’s (sic). 3. The terrain around the lake is very steep and rugged. Our teams are well equipped and highly trained.”
“We don’t want to have to rescue you,” the representative added.
The warning emerged a day after Naya’s father, George, and her ex-husband, actor Ryan Dorsey, were spotted wading waist-deep into the water on Saturday at the site of the tragedy.
Her mother, Yolanda, was also photographed kneeling on the dockside with her arms outstretched to the water, while Naya’s younger brother, Mychal, stood by her side during the emotional display.
The actress, who is presumed to have drowned, was married to Dorsey, the father of her child, for almost four years until 2018.
Meanwhile, Ventura County Sheriff’s Department officers have expanded their search to include the cabins along Lake Piru, after social media users implored authorities to check the properties for any signs of the star.
A police spokesperson tells TMZ they believe Naya is still in the water, but have deployed a search team to investigate to put the theory to rest.