“Glee” star Naya Rivera went missing after swim in a Southern California lake. Authorities are already searching for the 33-year-old actress.
Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Eric Buschow said that Rivera had been boating with her son when she went missing.
He noted that the actress, who is from Woodland Hills, rented their boat about 1 pm, and three hours later, her son was found napping alone on the vessel by the authorities.
The child said he and his mother had been swimming but that Rivera never returned, Buschow said.
“There’s another adult life vest found on the boat,” the captain said. Lake Piru lies about 56 miles north-northwest of Los Angeles.
As of late Wednesday, Rivera’s disappearance is considered a missing person investigation. While the search will continue at daybreak, the sheriff’s department is not dismissing the possibility that this “may well be a case of drowning.” However, the operation will still be considered a search and rescue mission.
The department found out in a tweet that Rivera is the person they were searching for until it became too dark. They resume the rescue operation at “first light.”
Meanwhile, a manager for Rivera had not yet released any statement Wednesday night.
Who is Naya Rivera?
Rivera became popular for her role as Santana Lopez on “Glee,” a high school glee club musical and comedy that aired on Fox from 2009 to 2015.
She is from the Santa Clarita neighborhood of Valencia, about 23 miles from the lake. Her former husband was actor Ryan Dorsey, the boy’s father. The couple divorced after four years in 2018.
Last week, Rivera tweeted, “Everyday you’re alive is a blessing.”
Two “Glee” stars have already passed away since the series’ conclusion.
In 2018, 35-year-old Mark Salling was found dead in Los Angeles. He was facing seven years in prison for child pornography possession. Law enforcement sources believe at the time he committed suicide.
Rivera, in her book “Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up,” wrote about her reaction to the death of her “Glee” co-star Cory Monteith, who died in 2013 from a drug overdose.
“The Cory chapter really choked me up. I had (co-star) Kevin (McHale) come over and help me edit and we both had our moment,” Rivera said in an interview with the Associated Press.
Some “Glee” co-stars expressed their sentiments over her disappearance on Twitter late Wednesday. Harry Shum, Jr., who played Mike Chang tweeted, “Praying.”
Iqbal Theba, who was Principal Abigail Figgins Gunderson on the show, said, “Oh God… mercy… please… “