Latino Naya Rivera is missing after she went missing during a boating trip on Lake Piru with her 4-year-old son.
Rivera, 33, disappeared from Lake Piru in Ventura County Wednesday evening. Rivera’s son told the authorities that the pair went swimming. His mother never made it back onto the boat. The child was later found sleeping on the boat wearing a life vest and an adult life vest.
The boater notified officials, who immediately began a search for Rivera with the use of helicopters, drones and dive teams.
“There’s a lot of challenges in a reservoir this size, at times with visibility,” Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Eric Buschow told reporters. “I don’t have details yet as to the depth of the area where the boat was found or what conditions they’re encountering out there.
“We’re going on the belief that she did go in the water and we have not been able to locate her. So this may well be a case of drowning,” Buschow said.
Rivera is best known for her role as Santana Lopez on the Fox television series Glee (2009–2015). She was also signed to Columbia Records as a solo artist in 2011 and released a single in 2013, “Sorry,” featuring rapper Big Sean.
Authorities said they were working to reunite the child with family members Wednesday evening.
“We anticipate having a lot of resources out here tomorrow resuming at daybreak with multiple dive teams from the state office of emergency services,” Buschow added.