Glee Star Naya Rivera Missing After Swimming Accident, Presumed Dead

The 'Glee' star was reported missing after a trip to Lake Piru in Ventura County, California.

Naya Rivera is missing and presumed dead.

A search is underway for the former Glee actress after her four-year-old son Josey was found alone on a boat on Lake Piru in California on Wednesday (July 8) afternoon.

According to TMZ, Josey — whose father is Rivera's ex-husband Ryan Dorsey — was asleep when he was found in the rented vessel by another boater and later told Ventura County Sherrif's deputies that his mother had gone swimming in the water, but didn't get back up.

Divers immediately started searching the lake, but had found no trace of the actress until the search was suspended at nightfall.

A Ventura County Sheriff's Department confirmed they had deployed air and dive teams to "search for [a] possible drowning victim".

Rivera's life jacket was still in the boat, and her purse was found inside her car, which was in the parking lot near the boat rental company.

Josey is said to be okay and is with family members.

The search operation will resume at "first light" on Thursday (July 9).

Earlier this week, Rivera, 33, had shared a post on her social media accounts of her cuddling up to her son. It was captioned: "Just the two of us."

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In another Instagram post, Rivera, who played Santana Lopez in Glee, shared a picture of herself and a message, "no matter the year, circumstance, or strifes everyday you're alive is a blessing," she wrote on Instagram. "make the most of today and every day you are given. tomorrow is not promised."

Rivera previously praised her "theatrical" son and predicted he'd follow in her footsteps one day. She said: "He's theatrical in every way. He is definitely a little ham."

And when Rivera brought Josey to the set of Step Up: High Water, he was desperate to join her on camera.

She said: "I was shooting and he was watching me in a scene and before we did the next take he goes, 'I want to go to work with mommy! I want to go to work with you.' I'm like, 'You are at work with me!' He goes, 'no, in there,' like in the scene."— BANG


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