Naya Rivera, 33, is still missing from Lake Piru in Ventura County, California on Wednesday evening.
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said search efforts will resume “at first light” calling it it a possible drowning on their Twitter account.
Rivera went to the lake 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 at a news conference.
About three hours after they left the dock, another boater discovered a boat drifting with the child asleep onboard and authorities were notified and they began searching from air and with a dive team. Rivera has a 4-year-old son and local media outlets are reporting he was the child found on the boat.
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 played Santana Lopez on the Glee for six years, and appeared in nearly every episode of the musical-comedy-drama. She was also on the sitcom The Royal Family and in the comedy The Master of Disguise.
Zack Teperman, her former publicist, said he was shocked by the news of her disappearance.
“Naya Rivera was one of the first people I had the honor of working with back in 2009 when I got into public relations and moved to Hollywood. One of the first people to allow me to give her advice and guide her through those crazy Glee days.”
“I still can’t believe what I’m hearing and hoping it isn’t true. I’m just sad.
The search for Naya Rivera will continue this morning at Lake Piru. The lake will be closed to the public while search operations continue. Dive teams from throughout the region will be assisting us through mutual aid. @VCAirUnit @Cal_OES @fillmoresheriff pic.twitter.com/q6LsHd8xaT— Ventura Co. Sheriff (@VENTURASHERIFF) July 9, 2020
Rivera’s last message…
just the two of us pic.twitter.com/wCunAlGJ1B— Naya Rivera (@NayaRivera) July 7, 2020
(Photo, Avalon; via CNN)