‘Glee’ actress Naya Rivera presumed dead; search resumes at California lake where she disappeared


FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: Actress Naya Rivera, from the Fox series “Glee,” arrives at the 2014 People’s Choice Awards in Los Angeles, California January 8, 2014. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian/File Photo/File Photo

VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. (News Nation/KTLA) — Crews in Southern California resumed searching Thursday for actress Naya Rivera, who disappeared during a boat trip with her son. 

Rivera, 33, was last seen on a pontoon boat she rented from an employee at Lake Piru on Wednesday afternoon, Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chris Dyer said during a news conference Thursday. 

The search began after she was late in returning the boat, authorities said. It was eventually found drifting on the northern end of the lake about 6 p.m. Wednesday, with Rivera’s 4-year-old son asleep onboard. 

News Nation affiliate KTLA reported that the boy was wearing a life jacket when he was found, and another adult life vest was found on the boat. 

The child is “healthy and fine,” and is now with family members, Dyer said. 

The boy told investigators he went swimming with his mother while they were out on the lake, but she never got back on the boat. 

Rescue divers were called to search the lake for Rivera, but efforts were called off when it got too dark. The search resumed early Thursday.

Authorities have closed the lake for the search.  

Dyer said investigators have found nothing suspicious and are reviewing the incident as a “tragic accident.” 

Sheriff’s officials said Wednesday that Rivera is presumed dead. 

The actress is best known for her role on the TV show “Glee,” where she played cheerleader Santana Lopez. Rivera also appeared on “The Bernie Mac Show” and “Devious Maids.” 

Lake Piru is about 40 miles north of Los Angeles. 

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