Glee Star Naya Rivera Reported Missing; Search Resumes Thursday

Ventura County Sheriff's Department announced late Wednesday that Glee and Step Up: High Water star Naya Rivera went missing earlier that day on Lake Piru in Southern California. Department officials tweeted a notice of a "possible drowning victim" at the location, followed a few hours later with a confirmation that the "missing person" in question was Rivera and that their search would "continue at first light." The search for the actress was launched after her 4-year-old son was found alone on a boat at the lake.

Naya Rivera from Glee (Image: FOX TV).

Based on reporting from local news affiliate KCBS-TV through communications with the Ventura County Sheriff's Department, Rivera secured a boat for her and her son at around 1 pm. Approximately three hours later, another boater discovered Rivera's boat with only the child on board. Reportedly, Rivera's son explained to officials that he had been swimming with his mother when at one point she jumped into the water but did not return to the boat. Ventura County Sheriff's Department launched an immediate search, deploying helicopters, drones, and dive teams. The mission was suspended late Wednesday on account of darkness and is set to resume Thursday morning.

A search was launched immediately for Rivera, identified by the Sheriff's Department as "possible drowning victim", which involved helicopters, drones, and dive teams. The mission was suspended due to darkness Wednesday night but is expected to resume Thursday morning. Having played the role of Santana Lopez on Ryan Murphy's popular FOX comedy-drama, Lopez was preparing for the return of Step Up: High Water. The YouTube series was picked up by STARZ for a second season after the video-hosting platform shifted its programming focus more towards unscripted, live, and documentary content.

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About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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