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Naya Rivera Missing in California Lake is Presumed Dead

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Naya Rivera missing in California lake after boat rides along with 4-year-old son.

Ventura County Sheriff’s Department informed that Actress Naya Rivera is missing after taking a boat ride with her 4-year-old son in Lake Piru in the Los Padres National Forest in Ventura County.

Wednesday, California authorities announced they were searching for a possible drowning victim after receiving a call of a child discovered alone on a boat in the lake around 6 p.m.

Cpt. Eric Buschow of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office reports; The boy told officials he had gone swimming with his mother.

The boy also was afloat for about three hours on a boat in the lake until someone on another boat spotted him and reported to authorities.

The search and rescue dive team explored the lake as they were unable to locate the child’s parents. Naya and her son, Josey, rented a boat at around 1 p.m.

Naya Rivera missing in California lake after boat rides along with 4-year-old son.
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Naya Rivera, 33, missing in California now is presumed to be dead.

“There’s no evidence of foul play at this point,” Buschow said. “This may well be a case of drowning.”

Officials said in a report that despite Rivera, her son was wearing a life vest while Rivera was not.

A search was promptly started with the use of helicopters, divers, and drones. The actress has not yet been found. Authorities reportedly believe Rivera to be dead.

“There’s another adult life vest found on the boat,” the captain added.

More about ‘Glee’ star

The 33-year-old grew up in the Los Angeles area and first began acting as a child, however, broke through with a role as a cheerleader on “Glee” and later released her own music.

She married actor Ryan Dorsey in 2014 and they had a son, Josey Hollis, in September 2015. The couple separated in 2018.

Lake Piru is a reservoir in the Los Padres National Forest and Topatopa Mountains of Ventura County.

Rivera is best recognized as playing Santana Lopez on “Glee,” a high school glee club musical and comedy that ran on Fox from 2009 to 2015.

In her 2016 book, “Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up,” Rivera wrote about her struggle with the death of her “Glee” co-star Cory Monteith, who passed away in 2013 from a drug overdose.

“The Cory chapter really choked me up. I had (co-star) Kevin (McHale) come over and help me edit and we both had our moment,” Rivera said in an interview.

Social media: Tweets and reactions

“We need all the prayers we can get to bring our Naya back home to us,” Heather Morris said on Instagram. “We need your love and light.”

Harry Shum Jr. tweeted, “Praying.”

Last week, she tweeted, “Everyday you’re alive is a blessing.”


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