The source caught up with Rivera just a few weeks ago. "She seemed happy, busy … just kind of living life," the source said.
According to police, Josey was wearing his lifejacket when he was found asleep on the boat. An adult life jacket, believed to be the one provided to Rivera, was still on the boat.
"There was an adult life jacket on the boat. But the one thing we don’t know we don’t know if that just meant it was hers or if that there was an extra life vest on the boat," Ventura County Sheriff Sgt. Kevin Donoghue told PEOPLE on Thursday. "But seemingly if she was somehow incapacitated and she had a life jacket we would find her floating, clearly she is not."
"It is terrible. These are the things we just … we hate responding to these calls because they are just sad stories … you have this where we are searching … we are searching so we can bring closure to the family and bring peace to the family but until then it is terrible," Donoghue added. "It is tragic."
Lake Piru has been the site of several drownings over the years due to its dangerous conditions. Park officials have previously noted that strong winds, chilly waters and the lake’s depth (160 ft) are often to blame in such incidents. "This area is notorious for the winds," Donoghue said of the lake.
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