‘Glee’ star Naya Rivera Missing, Officials are investigating the disappearance of “Glee” star – Naya Rivera Biography
Naya Rivera, the actress who rose to fame playing the character Santana Lopez on the popular television show “Glee,” has vanished at a lake in California and is feared drowned.
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office announced on Twitter Wednesday evening that police and a dive team were searching for a possible drowning victim. In a subsequent tweet, the sheriff’s office identified that missing person as Rivera.
— Ventura Co. Sheriff (@VENTURASHERIFF) July 9, 2020
Officials are investigating the disappearance of “Glee” actress Naya Rivera at a lake in Southern California as a “tragic accident,” according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.
CNN reports that authorities launched a search for a missing person at Lake Piru in Ventura County Wednesday evening after a fellow boater discovered a young child asleep in a drifting boat.
“We hope for the best, we prepare for the worst,” Deputy Chris Dyer said in a news conference Thursday morning.
Rivera, 33, vanished from Lake Piru in Ventura County on Wednesday evening. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said search efforts would resume Thursday “at first light” and called it a possible drowning.
Rivera went to the lake Wednesday afternoon and rented a boat with her young child. Both were seen going out on the lake together, Sheriff’s Capt. Eric Buschow said at an earlier news conference.
About three hours after they left the dock, another boater discovered a boat drifting with a child asleep onboard. Authorities were notified and they began searching from air and with a dive team.
While it was hard to get information, the child said they went swimming but the mother didn’t get back on the boat, Buschow said. He said the child had on a life vest and an adult life vest was found on the boat.
The child is healthy and with family, Dyer said Thursday morning.
“Prayers up for the lovely Naya Rivera,” Harry tweeted. “We starred alongside one another in her first very television series, The Royal Family, and I’ve watched her career blossom ever since. Please God, don’t cut this life short.”
Zack Teperman, who described himself as Rivera’s former publicist, said he was shocked by the news of her disappearance.
“I still can’t believe what I’m hearing and hoping it isn’t true,” he posted on social media. “I’m just sad. Naya Rivera was one of the first people I had the honor of working with back in 2009 when I got into public relations and moved to Hollywood. One of the first people to allow me to give her advice and guide her through those crazy Glee days.”
According to the CNN report, Ventura County Sheriff’s Capt. Eric Buschow said at a news conference Wednesday that Rivera and a child believed to be her 4-year-old son were seen heading into the lake together on a boat. The fellow boater noticed the child alone in the boat about three hours after the mother and son left the dock.
Police reportedly spoke to the boy, who said that he and his mother had gone swimming together but that she did not get back on the boat. The child was reportedly wearing a life vest and an adult life vest was found on the boat.
Prayers up for the lovely Naya Rivera. 🙏🙏
We starred alongside one another in her first very television series, The Royal Family, and I’ve watched her career blossom ever since. Please God, don’t cut this life short. pic.twitter.com/8fRDuuh3oK
— Jackée Harry (@JackeeHarry) July 9, 2020
According to a TMZ report, the boy told police that his mother jumped into the lake but did not come back.
Fox 11 reports that Rivera’s car with her purse inside was found at the parking lot of a boat rental operation at the lake.
The boy is believed to be unharmed and is now in the care of relatives, according to TMZ.
This is a developing story and all information is preliminary. CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.