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American actress Naya Rivera missing after boat trip with son

Glee star Naya Rivera was reported missing after her four-year-old son was found alone in a boat on a lake in Southern California.

Rivera, 33, vanished from Lake Piru in Ventura County on Wednesday evening. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office would resume on Thursday and called it a possible drowning.

Rivera went to the lake on Wednesday afternoon and rented a boat with her young child. Both were seen going out on the lake together, Sheriff’s Capt. Eric Buschow said.




About three hours after they left the dock, another boater discovered a boat drifting with a child asleep onboard. Authorities were notified and they began searching from air and with a dive team.

While it was hard to get information, the child said they went swimming but the mother didn’t get back on the boat, Buschow said. He said the child had on a life vest and an adult life vest was found on the boat.

Rivera began her career as a child actress and model, appearing in TV commercials in the US. As a four-year-old she starred in the Royal Family sitcom, and had a number of other TV appearances. But it was playing cold-hearted Santana Lopez in Glee that made her a star in America.



In 2014, Rivera starred in the horror film At the Devil’s Door. The same year she married fellow actor Ryan Dorsey – who is the father of her son. The couple divorced in 2018 and have joint custody of the boy.