Naya Rivera Reported Missing After Going on a Boat Ride in L.A.
Naya Rivera was reported missing on Wednesday, July 8, after taking a boat ride with her son, Josey, earlier in the day, Us Weekly can confirm.
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department told Us that the Glee alum, 33, rented a motorized pontoon boat for three hours on Wednesday at Lake Piru in the Ventura County area of Los Angeles. When she was 30 minutes overdue to return the boat, personnel went searching for the vessel.
“[They] found her boat adrift with Naya’s 4-year-old son asleep on the boat and Naya was nowhere to be found,” the department said in a statement to Us. “This is an active investigation. It is believed that Naya and her son were swimming in the lake near the boat and as they were getting back into the boat, her son made it into the boat and Naya went under water and did not resurface.”
The authorities said they were contacted at 4:38 p.m. on Wednesday, which is when a “large scale search and rescue operation” began. The search included drone teams, sheriff’s boat and dive team.
“The search was terminated at 10:00 p.m. due to darkness and safety of the search and rescue officers and will resume tomorrow at 6:30 a.m.,” the sheriff’s office explained. “Ventura County Sheriff’s Department has asked for additional divers and sonar equipment for the continued search tomorrow.”
Earlier in the evening, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department shared a video clip of a rescue helicopter flying over the area while looking for the missing star. “The missing person at Lake Piru has been identified as Naya Rivera, 33, of Los Angeles,” the department tweeted. “SAR operation will continue at first light.”
According to the Los Angeles Times, the California native rented the boat around 1 p.m. on Wednesday and spent the afternoon swimming with her son, whom she shares with ex-husband Ryan Dorsey. Officials confirmed Rivera’s identity after finding her wallet and identification on the boat, Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Captain Eric Buschow told the outlet.
Buschow noted that Josey was sleeping on the boat when he was discovered and that “he’s in good health.” He added: “The family is going through a very traumatic time right now.”
This story is developing.
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