Fears are growing for Glee star Naya Rivera, after her son was found alone on a boat on a Californian lake having spent the day with his mother.
The 33-year-old actress is now officially ‘missing,’ the Ventura County Sheriff office confirmed on Wednesday.
The Sheriff’s office launched a search operation, including dive teams, at Lake Piru, which is located north of Los Angeles, on Wednesday afternoon before calling off the search for the evening. They announced on Twitter that it will be resumed on Thursday ‘at first light’.
According to the local news outlet NBC LA, Rivera’s four year old son Josey Hollis Dorsey was found sleeping on a pontoon boat after they responded to a call about an unaccompanied child on the lake at 4.48pm on Wednesday.
Rivera had rented the boat three hours prior, for herself and her son to enjoy some recreational time on the lake. It has been reported that River and her son went for a swim, but Rivera did not return to the boat. Josey was found wearing a life jacket, but an adult size life jacket was discovered on the boat, leading many to assume Rivera was not wearing one.
‘This is considered to be a horrible accident’, the Sheriff department told the news outlet.
Josey is Rivera’s only child, from her four year marriage to actor Ryan Dorsey. On her Instagram page, where she has 1.9 million followers, she regularly posts photos with Josey with the latest uploaded one day ago.
Rivera became a household name for playing icy cheerleader Santana Lopez in Ryan Murphy’s musical themed high-school drama Glee from 2009 to 2015.
Heather Morris, Rivera’s friend who played Santana’s girlfriend Britney on the show, expressed her heartache over Wednesday’s worrying news, saying she was praying for her friend.
‘We need all the prayers we can get to bring our Naya back home to us,’ the actress and dancer wrote. ‘We need your love and light.’