This is just a horrific news to wake up to as the search continues for 33-year-old “Glee” actress Naya Rivera after she went missing Wednesday afternoon on a lake in the Los Padres National Forest in Ventura County.
Ventura County Sheriff’s Office says Rivera rented a pontoon boat for herself and her 4-year-old son to take out onto Lake Piru, which is located about 50 miles north of downtown Los Angeles. A few hours later, another boater found her child sleeping in the boat by himself. The boater notified officials, who immediately began a search for Rivera with the use of helicopters, drones and dive teams.
Naya is also the sister of former Oakland Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera.
A horrific story: Glee actress Naya Rivera is missing and may have drowned in a boating accident, per @VENTURASHERIFF. She is the sister of former #Raiders TE Mychal Rivera. Her 4-year son was found asleep in the boat.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 9, 2020
The 4-year-old told investigators that he and his mother were swimming, but his mother never got back into the boat.
“There’s a lot of challenges in a reservoir this size, at times with visibility,” sheriff’s Capt. Eric Buschow said. “I don’t have details yet as to the depth of the area where the boat was found or what conditions they’re encountering out there.”
— Ventura Co. Sheriff (@VENTURASHERIFF) July 9, 2020
On Tuesday, Rivera shared a photo of she and her son with the caption, “just the two of us,” on Twitter.
just the two of us pic.twitter.com/wCunAlGJ1B
— Naya Rivera (@NayaRivera) July 7, 2020
On July 2 she tweeted, “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.”
She is best known for the hit series “Glee,” which she starred in for its entire six-season run.