'Glee' Actress Naya Rivera Is Missing And Presumed Dead

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'Glee' Actress Naya Rivera Is Missing And Presumed Dead

Her young son was found alone onboard a drifting boat and a search and rescue mission has thus far been unsuccessful.

Rescuers resume their search the morning of July 9, 2020, for missing mother and former 'Glee' actress Naya Rivera.

The 33-year-old went to Lake Piru in Ventura County on the afternoon of July 8, 2020, with her four-year-old son. According to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, Rivera rented a pontoon boat at about 1 p.m. for herself and her son to take out onto Lake Piru, which is located about 50 miles north of downtown Los Angeles.

Approximately three hours after they left the dock, a boater in the area discovered a drifting boat with a child asleep onboard. Authorities were notified and a search began. They utilized both an air and dive team to find the missing mother.


The toddler was unharmed, but it was difficult to get information from him with him being so young. He is said to have told investigators that he and his mother were swimming, but his mother never got back into the boat. It remains unclear how the boy got back into the boat. The child had on a life vest and an adult life vest was found on 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.”

She played Santana Lopez on Glee and appeared in nearly every episode. She was also on the CBS sitcom "The Royal Family" and in the comedy film "The Master of Disguise."


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.”

Ventura County authorities were working to reunite the boy with family last night. The search for Rivera will resume at first light.

At this time Naya Rivera is considered a possible drowning victim and presumed dead.



The search continues as per a Facebook post made by the Ventura County Sheriff's Office .

"Multiple teams of professional search and rescue personnel are actively searching Lake Piru for any clues to the location of Naya Rivera. With over 80 people involved in the search right now, we are using helicopters, boats, ATV vehicles, and ground personnel to try and locate her."


"We have mutual aid for specialized dive teams en route from Los Angeles County, San Luis Obispo County, and Tulare County. We will keep you posted with any updates as we learn them. Our hearts and prayers go out the all of the family and friends of the Rivera family."


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