Actress Naya Rivera is currently missing and presumed dead today after her four-year-old son was found along in a boat on Lake Piru in California.
The 33-year-old Glee star – who played cheerleader Santana Lopez in the hit musical TV show – had reportedly rented a pontoon boat on Wednesday afternoon, but just three hours later, another boater raised the alarm after finding Rivera’s boat with just her son asleep inside, BBC News reports.
Police did find Rivera’s life vest in the boat and believe that “she did go in the lake” for a swim.
Officials from Ventura County Sheriff’s office say that they acknowledge that “this may well be a case of drowning”. Her car was reportedly found nearby.
Police confirmed that a search is underway, and despite being paused overnight, would resume “at first light”.
Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Captain Eric Buschow told The Los Angeles Times that investigators arrived at the scene at roughly 4:40PM and found a young child “unharmed”.
He added: “He’s in good health. The family is going through a very traumatic time right now.”
After the news broke, several of Rivera’s Glee co-stars took to social media to express their concerns and prayers.Credit: Instagram/HeatherMorris
Actress Heather Morris wrote on her Instagram stories: “We need all the prayers we can get to bring our Naya back home to us. We need your love and light.”
And Harry Shum Jr. simply tweeted: “Praying.”
Rivera married fellow actor Ryan Dorsey back in 2014, and the couple welcomed their son – Josey Hollis Dorsey – in 2015.
The couple divorced in 2018, but maintain joint custody of their son.