R.I.P. Naya Rivera: Death of Glee star confirmed after body found in Lake Piru. Glee star Naya Rivera missing after a boat trip with a son. A child was found sleeping and alone on a boat on Ventura County’s Lake Piru hours after the actress rented the boat, authorities said.
The 33-year-old rented the boat on Wednesday afternoon from Woodland Hills had been boating with her son on Lake Piru, north-west of Los Angeles, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Eric Buschow said.
The actress rented a boat about 1 p.m, he said, and three hours, later authorities found her son napping alone on the vessel.
Authorities are searching a Southern California lake for “Glee” actress Naya Rivera, who officials believe went missing while swimming Wednesday.– Advertisement –
Lake Piru is about 56 miles north-northwest of Los Angeles. A manager for Rivera had no immediate response Wednesday night.
About three hours later, another boater found her child sleeping in the boat by himself. The boater notified officials, who immediately began a search for Rivera with the use of helicopters, drones and dive teams.
The child was said to be unharmed and told investigators that he and his mother were swimming, but his mother never got back into the boat.
It was not immediately clear how the child got back into the boat.
Ms Rivera, 33, is best known for playing Santana Lopez on “Glee,” a high school glee club musical and comedy that ran on Fox from 2009 to 2015.
She married fellow actor Ryan Dorsey in 2014 – who is the father of her son. The couple divorced in 2018 and had joint custody of the boy.
On Tuesday, Ms Rivera tweeted a picture of her and the boy together, which was captioned: “Just the two of us.”
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The mission will resume Sunday morning in the ongoing effort to locate Naya Rivera
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department has not found Rivera as of Friday afternoon, citing murky waters and difficult conditions.
Security camera footage from the Lake Piru boat launch when Naya Rivera and her son rented a pontoon boat on Lake Piru.
Ventura Co. Sheriff Twitter Update on Naya Rivera search & rescue
Multiple teams of professional search & rescue personnel are actively searching Lake Piru for clues to the location of Naya Rivera. With over 80 people involved in the search right now, we are using helicopters, boats, ATV vehicles, and ground personnel to try and locate her.
The Ventura County Sheriff’s office said the effort to find the actress is now a “search and recovery operation”.
Officer Chris Dyer said: “The latest is that we’re switching efforts into a search and recovery operation. That doesn’t change anything in the efforts that we’re putting forth to locate her but it changes the title, in a sense.
“We’re presuming that an accident happened, we’re presuming that she drowned in the lake. There are no signs of foul play, no signs that anything went wrong besides a tragic accident.”
Mr Dyer added: “The goal is still to bring Ms Rivera home to her family so they can have some closure.”
The search has begun for Naya Rivera in Lake Piru more information shortly.
The search for Naya Rivera will continue this morning at Lake Piru. The lake will be closed to the public while search operations continue, Authorities Tweeted.