"Glee" Star Naya Rivera Presumed Dead Following Boating Incident

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Photo credit: Jon Kopaloff - Getty Images

From Seventeen

  • Glee star Naya Rivera has been reported missing.

  • Rivera's four-year-old son was found alone on a rental boat stranded in a California lake; an adult-sized life jacket—presumably Rivera's—was found on board.

  • Police resumed their search for Rivera early this morning.

Update 7/10/20:

Search efforts to rescue Glee actress Naya Rivera after a mysterious boating incident on Wednesday have shifted to a recovery mission, per People.

Authorities announced on Thursday that Rivera was "presumed dead" following her disappearance at Lake Piru this week. Rivera's four-year-old son was discovered alone on a pontoon boat by rental company staff, with his mother's purse, identification, and an adult-sized life vest on board.

"We are presuming that an accident happened and that she drowned in the lake," stated Ventura County Sheriff's spokesman Chris Dyer, via The New York Times.

"If the body is entangled in something beneath the water it may never come back up," Sgt. Kevin Donoghue added. "This is a terrible tragedy for all of them."

Original Post 7/9/20:

Glee actress Naya Rivera has been reported missing, according to People.

The Fillmore Police Department confirmed to the outlet that the 33-year-old actress disappeared after a trip to Lake Piru in Ventura County, California, with her four-year-old son, Josey Dorsey. Rivera and her son rented a pontoon boat and went swimming together, but after rental employees noticed the boat still hadn't been returned far past the three-hour rental slot, staff found the boat with her son sleeping aboard, and Rivera nowhere in sight.

"The missing person at Lake Puru has been identified as Naya Rivera, 33, of Los Angeles," tweeted the Ventura County Sheriff's Department late last night. "SAR operation will continue at first light."

Photo credit: CHRIS DELMAS - Getty Images
Photo credit: CHRIS DELMAS - Getty Images

Ventura County Sheriff's Department officials told NBC Los Angeles that no foul play was suspected and that they consider the situation to be a "horrible accident." Josey was wearing his life jacket when he was found asleep on the boat, with an adult-sized jacket believed to be Rivera's also on board.

Only a day prior to her going missing, Rivera shared a photo of her and her son cuddled together with the caption, "Just the two of us."

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just the two of us

A post shared by Naya Rivera (@nayarivera) on Jul 7, 2020 at 3:15pm PDT

Just last week, the actress shared an emotional message on Instagram alongside a photo of herself. "No matter the year, circumstance, or strifes everyday you're alive is a blessing. make the most of today and every day you are given. tomorrow is not promised," wrote the actress.

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