Naya Rivera Reportedly Missing After Boating With Son


Authorities have been searching for Glee actress Naya Rivera at a lake in Ventura County after her 4 year-old son was found unaccompanied on a boat she had rented on the day prior.

A team of over 80 people including divers are out today in helicopters, drones, and all-terrain vehicles in the recovery effort according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. 

“We’re presuming that an accident happened and we’re presuming she drowned in the lake,” Ventura County Sheriff Deputy Chris Dyer said at Thursday’s news conference.


“The goal is still to bring Miss Rivera home to her family,” he said.

The search started on Wednesday and was suspended last night to resume efforts this morning on Lake Piru, which is located 55 miles northwest of the Los Angeles area in the Los Padres National Forest.

Dyer added that, “The child is healthy and with family.”

According to Dyer, the boat was overdue for return around 4 p.m. PST and that an employee found the boat on the north end of Lake Piru.

Rivera rented a pontoon boat for the day at 1 p.m. on Wednesday and planned to go swimming with her son in the reservoir’s recreation area where another boater found her son asleep on the boat and wearing a life vest, according to authorities.

Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, Capt. Eric Bushow initially said that the child and mother went swimming and that she did not get back on the boat and that the child had on a life vest and an adult life vest was left on the boat.

Rivera played Santana Lopez on the Fox musical show Glee for nearly six years.

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