Demi Lovato and Heather Morris Ask Fans to Pray as Naya Rivera Is Reported Missing After Boat Ride

Mehera Bonner
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Naya Rivera’s friends and loved ones are asking fans to pray amid news that she was reported missing following a boat ride with her son, Josey, on Wednesday, July 8. Demi Lovato, who appeared alongside Naya on Glee, shared a photo of a lit candle to Instagram Stories and wrote, “Please pray for @NayaRivera to be found safe and sound.”

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Photo credit: Instagram

Glee actress Heather Morris also posted to Instagram Stories, writing, “We need all the prayers we can get to bring our Naya back home to us. We need your love and light,” while star Harry Shum Jr. tweeted, “Praying.”

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Photo credit: Instagram

Additional friends and costars of Naya’s—including Victoria Justice—also tweeted that they were praying for her safe return:

According to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, Naya rented a motorized boat for a three-hour ride on Lake Piru. “[They] found her boat adrift with Naya’s 4-year-old son asleep on the boat and Naya was nowhere to be found,” the department said in a statement. “This is an active investigation. It is believed that Naya and her son were swimming in the lake near the boat and as they were getting back into the boat, her son made it into the boat and Naya went underwater and did not resurface.”

A “large-scale search and rescue operation” was conducted. On Monday, July 13, the sheriff's department said they located a body, but did not make it clear if it is Naya.

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