This is really sad news. Glee actress Naya Rivera is presumed dead due to drowning at a lake in Southern California, according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. “We’re presuming that an accident happened and we’re presuming she drowned in the lake,” Deputy Chris Dyer said at a press conference. Surveillance video taken at about 1 pm on Wednesday shows Rivera and the boy leaving on the boat at Lake Piru. This was not the first time Naya had gone boating. About three hours later, the child was spotted in the boat by himself. He was reportedly unharmed and he told the police investigators that he and his mother were swimming, but she never returned to the boat.
Local authorities were searching for Rivera after her four-year-old son was found floating in a rented boat on Lake Piru. Officials began searching for Rivera using helicopters, drones and dive teams. According to authorities, in the area where the boat was found, the water was about 30 feet (9 meters) deep, authorities said.
“In the lake, the visibility is terrible. If the body is entangled on something beneath the water, it may never come back up,” Sheriff’s Sgt. Kevin Donoghue said.
It is believed that Murky waters heavy with vegetation made it difficult for divers to see more than about a foot ahead of them.
However, now search and rescue efforts for the actress have now shifted to a recovery operation, revealed Dyer.
In her last tweet, she had posted a picture with her son.
just the two of us pic.twitter.com/wCunAlGJ1B
— Naya Rivera (@NayaRivera) July 7, 2020
Rivera is best known for her role as Santana Lopez in Glee. She was also seen in Devious Maids and Step Up: High Water. Her son is from her marriage to actor Ryan Dorsey. The couple finalized their divorce in June 2018 after nearly four years of marriage.