Investigators say 'Glee' actress Naya Rivera likely drowned in a California lake in what appears to be a 'tragic accident'

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  • The Ventura County Sheriff's Office said on Thursday that the search for "Glee" actress Naya Rivera continues. 

  • According to the Sheriff's office, Rivera rented a boat on Wednesday afternoon at Lake Piru in Southern California and went for a sail with her four-year-old son. Her son was later found adrift on the boat, but Rivera was not with him.

  • Rescue teams poured over the lake site using helicopters, boats, and dive crews, on Wednesday evening but could not locate Rivera.

  • "Investigators believe Rivera drowned in what appears to be a tragic accident," the Sherrif's office said. 

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Investigators say "Glee" actress Naya Rivera likely drowned in a California lake on Wednesday in what they're referring to as a "tragic accident." 

According to the Ventura County Sheriff's Office, Rivera rented a boat on Wednesday afternoon at Lake Piru, located in Los Padres National Forest in Ventura County, and went for a sail with her four-year-old son.

Later on Wednesday, her son was found alone and asleep on the boat, which was discovered adrift in the northern part of the lake. Rivera's son told investigators that he and his mother had been swimming in the lake and that he was able to get back onto the boat, but Rivera did not. 

Rescue teams poured over the lake site using helicopters, boats, and dive crews, on Wednesday evening but could not locate Rivera, the Sherriff's office said. The search continued with about 100 personnel on Thursday morning, including assistance from the US Coast Guard.

"Investigators believe Rivera drowned in what appears to be a tragic accident," the Sherrif's office said. 

Rivera is best known for playing Santana Lopez in the musical comedy series "Glee." She shares son Josey with ex-husband actor Ryan Dorsey.

Several of Rivera's costars expressed support for the continued police search. 

 

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