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Glee Star Naya Rivera Missing, Feared Dead; 4-year-old Son Found Alone On A Boat

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Glee star Naya Rivera “Santana” has been declared missing and presumed dead. This was after her four-year-old son Josey Hollis, was found on a boat on Lake Piru in California. He told police that “they were swimming but she didn’t get back on board.”

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The actress had rented a pontoon boat on Lake Piru with her son in tow. After 3 hours, another boater raised alarm when he found the child sleeping inside the boat with his mother nowhere in sight.


Authorities believe Rivera to be ‘presumed drowned.’ A search has been launched to locate her body, according to Captain Eric Buschow, a spokesman for the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.


A search by policemen accompanied by a dive and rescue team and a drone have scoured the bushes and shores in an attempt to locate the body. The hunt was however halted as night fell and will be resumed at first light.

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GLEE: Santana (Naya Rivera, L) and Mercedes (Amber Riley, R) perform a duet in the “Duets” episode of GLEE

Speaking to reporters, Buschow said: “They were seen going out on the lake together in the early afternoon, and approximately three hours after they left the dock another boater out on the lake discovered the boat drifting with the [son] on board asleep”


“So they contacted the rangers and began an investigation and we’ve been actively searching for the mother since that time. We have both aerial searches going on and our dive team as well.

Indications are that we believe she did go in the lake. At this point, it’s still a search and that’s what we know up to this point.”

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“The [son] said that she had been swimming with his mother and that she got back in the boat and her mum didn’t.
‘We know that the girl had a life vest on, there was another adult life vest found on the boat. It’s somewhat challenging interviewing a three-year-old.


‘We’re going on the belief that she did go in the water, and we’ve not been able to locate her. This may well be a case of drowning.”


In 2017, Naya Rivera 33, welcomed a son with her ex-husband, Ryan Dorsey.

Naya Rivera

Rivera had shared a photo of her and her son on Tuesday with the caption, “Just the two of us,” on Twitter.

The search for her will resume by Thursday morning, American time.


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