The search-and-rescue effort to find missing Glee star Naya Rivera at California’s Lake Piru has transitioned into a search-and-recovery operation, with the star presumed dead, investigators have said. The actress’ son, Josey – who was his mother in a rented boat before she went missing – has been reunited with her ex-husband, actor Ryan Dorsey.
According to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, Glee’s Rivera is now presumed dead after she went missing while renting a boat with her four-year-old son.
The actor had rented the boat at Lake Piru in California yesterday but did not come back to return the boat – with it later found with her son still inside but no trace of Rivera.
According to reports, both Rivera and her son had gone swimming in the lake and only her child got back on the boat.
Captain Eric Buschow of the Venture Country Sheriff’s Office told US media including Deadline that “we’re presuming she drowned in the lake”.
He added: “They were seen going out on the lake together in the early afternoon, and approximately three hours after they left the dock another boater out on the lake discovered the boat drifting with the [son] on board asleep.
“So they contacted the rangers and began an investigation and we’ve been actively searching for the mother since that time. We have both aerial search going on and our dive team as well.”
love and hug on the people you can, while you can. I love you. Everyone please send out your prayers.
— Chord Overstreet (@chordoverstreet) July 9, 2020
After news broke Rivera was presumed dead, several Glee stars took to social media to post tributes to the actor.
Thank you to the Tulare County, Los Angeles County, San Louis Obisbo, and all who are working to tirelessly right now in the search and recovery of our Naya
— heather (@HeatherMorrisTV) July 9, 2020
On Wednesday, a team including a helicopter with a drone was dispatched to search for Rivera. The operation will continue today, although nothing has been found so far.
— iqbal theba (@iqbaltheba) July 9, 2020
Rivera played Santana on Ryan Murphy’s Glee from 2009-2015, during which time she scored a host of award wins and nominations.