Glee Star Naya Rivera Missing And Feared Dead After Boating Incident On Lake Piru

by : Cameron Frew on : 09 Jul 2020 07:02
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Glee star Naya Rivera is missing and feared dead after her four-year-old son was discovered alone in a boat on Lake Piru. 

As per the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, Rivera reportedly rented a boat at 1pm on Wednesday, July 8. Three hours later, after the boat was overdue to be returned, her child Josey was found by himself by another boater in the area.


Authorities conducted a search-and-rescue operation for the 33-year-old yesterday to no avail, and are set to resume today with the assistance of helicopters, drones and dive teams.

As per CBS Los Angeles, Rivera’s child is unharmed, reportedly explaining to investigators that he and his mother had gone for a swim in the lake, but she didn’t return to the boat. The young boy had a life vest on while Rivera allegedly did not.

Earlier on Wednesday evening, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department wrote on Twitter that there was an ongoing search for a ‘possible drowning victim’ with ‘SAR Dive Team and PIO’ en route.


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Later, the account wrote: ‘The missing person at Lake Piru has been identified as Naya Rivera, 33, of Los Angeles. SAR operation will continue at first light.’ Lake Piru is located more than 50 miles from Los Angeles in Ventura County, California, in the Los Padres National Forest.

On Tuesday, Rivera had shared a picture of her and her son on Twitter, writing: ‘Just the two of us.’


When earlier asked about parenthood by Momtastic, Rivera said: 

The unconditional love. You hear about it and you think: ‘Well, obviously I’m going to love my child.’ But it’s so deep. Even after Josey goes to bed, I find myself thinking of him and looking at pictures of him and it almost brings me to tears half the time, because the love that I have for him is so amazing.

The actress and singer played Santana Lopez on Ryan Murphy’s hit show from 2009-2015, earning a huge amount of critical praise throughout her tenure, including two ALMA Awards nominations for Favourite Female Music Artist and Favourite TV Actress – Leading Role in a Comedy.

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Building upon her fame, Rivera released her own single in 2013, Sorry, featuring Big Sean. She’s also appeared in a number of other productions outside of Glee, such as TV shows Devious Maids and Step Up: High Water, and movies At The Devil’s Door and Mad Families.

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Cameron Frew

After graduating from Glasgow Caledonian University with an NCTJ and BJTC-accredited Multimedia Journalism degree, Cameron ventured into the world of print journalism at The National, while also working as a freelance film journalist on the side, becoming an accredited Rotten Tomatoes critic in the process. He's now left his Scottish homelands and taken up residence at UNILAD as a journalist.

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