“Glee” actress Naya Rivera vanishes on boat trip with young son


Naya Rivera attends the 24th annual Race to Erase MS gala at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, on May 5, 2017.

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A search was continuing Thursday for former “Glee” actress Naya Rivera, who went missing Wednesday while on a boat trip with her young son. 

Authorities said the 4-year-old boy and his mother rented a boat to go onto Lake Piru in Los Padres National Forest on Wednesday afternoon, CBS Los Angeles reports. About three hours later, another boater found the child sleeping in the boat by himself.

The young boy told police he and his mom had gone out to go swimming, the station reported.

Search and rescue crews were immediately dispatched, including divers and helicopters scanning the lake from above. On Thursday, dive teams from throughout the region were assisting, according to authorities.

“Multiple teams of professional search & rescue personnel are actively searching Lake Piru for clues to the location of Naya Rivera,” the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office tweeted Thursday. “With over 80 people involved in the search right now, we are using helicopters, boats, ATV vehicles, and ground personnel to try and locate her.”

“We will keep you posted with any updates as we learn them. Our hearts and prayers go out the all of the family and friends of the Rivera family,” it said. 

Rivera’s fellow “Glee” actor Harry Shum said in a one-word tweet that he was “praying” Wednesday night. Fellow “Glee” star Heather Morris wrote about Rivera on her Instagram stories: “We need all the prayers we can get to bring our Naya back home to us. We need your love and light.”

“Sick to my stomach. Please pray,” tweeted “Glee” alum Damian McGinty. 

Two of Rivera’s co-stars from the show about a high school glee club, which aired its final episode in 2015 after almost six years of success, have died. 

Cory Monteith, who rose to fame on the hit Fox show, died of a drug overdose at the age of 31 in 2013.

In 2018, Mark Salling, known for his role as Puck on “Glee,” died in Los Angeles at the age of 35. He was found dead while awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography in 2017. Officials said no foul play was suspected in his death.

Salling and Rivera had dated previously but he was not the father of her son, whom the actress once called her “greatest success.” 

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