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‘Glee’ star Naya Rivera presumed dead after 4-year-old son found alone on boat

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Posted at 5:26 AM, Jul 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-09 05:45:35-04

LOS ANGLES — Authorities say actress Naya Rivera is missing and being searched for at a Southern California lake.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department lconfirmed that the 33-year-old is being searched for in the waters of Lake Piru, which is approximately 56 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.

According to authorities, another boater discovered a boat drifting with Rivera's 4-year-old son asleep onboard. Authorities were notified and they began searching from air and with a dive team.

Authorities say her son says they went swimming, but his mother didn't get back on the boat. According to authorities, the child had on a life vest and an adult life vest was found on the boat.

Rivera played Santana, a cheerleader in the musical-comedy “Glee” that aired on Fox from 2009 until 2015. Rivera appeared in 113 episodes of the series and dated co-star Mark Salling, who killed himself in 2018 after pleading guilty to child pornography charges.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.