Officials are investigating the disappearance of “Glee” actress Naya Rivera at a lake in Southern California as a “tragic accident,” according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.
“We hope for the best, we prepare for the worst,” Deputy Chris Dyer said at a news conference Thursday morning.
Rivera, 33, disappeared from Lake Piru in Ventura County on Wednesday evening. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said the search would resume on Thursday at a glance, and called it a possible drowning.
Rivera went to the lake Wednesday afternoon and rented a boat with her young child. Both were seen facing the lake together, said Sheriff’s captain Eric Buschow at an earlier press conference.
About three hours after they got off the dock, another yachtsman discovered a boat drifting with a child sleeping on board. Authorities were notified and they began a search from the air and with a diving team.
While it was difficult to get information, the child said that they were swimming, but the mother did not return on the boat, Buschow said. He said the child had a life jacket, and an adult life jacket was found on the boat.
The child is healthy in the family, Dyer said Thursday morning.
The boat that Rivera rented – a deck-pontoon boat was found at the northern tip of the lake, Dyer said. Wind is often a factor in the area, he said. The depth of the lake reaches 40 feet, and at the bottom a lot of garbage.
Rivera has a 4-year-old son, and local media report that he was a child found on a boat. CNN contacted its representatives for more information.
Rivera played Santana Lopez on the Fox show for six years from 2009, and appeared in nearly every episode of the musical-comedy-drama. She was also on the CBS sitcom “The Royal Family” and in the comedy film “The Master of Disguise.”
Fellow celebs, including her “Glee” co-star Harry Shum Jr., shared their concern on social media.
Actress Jackée Harry tweeted a scene she shared with Rivera on the sitcom “The Royal Family” which was Rivera’s first acting job at the age of 4.
Prayers up for the lovely Naya Rivera. 🙏🙏
We starred alongside one another in her first very television series, The Royal Family, and I’ve watched her career blossom ever since. Please God, don’t cut this life short. pic.twitter.com/8fRDuuh3oK
— Jackée Harry (@JackeeHarry) July 9, 2020
— Harry Shum Jr (@HarryShumJr) July 9, 2020
The story about @NayaRivera is the most horrifying thing I have read about in a while. My heart goes out to her family. What a terrible trauma….
— Bethenny Frankel (@Bethenny) July 9, 2020
“Prayers up for the lovely Naya Rivera,” Harry tweeted. “We starred alongside one another in her first very television series, The Royal Family, and I’ve watched her career blossom ever since. Please God, don’t cut this life short.”
Zack Teperman, who described himself as Rivera’s former publicist, said he was shocked by the news of her disappearance.
“I still can’t believe what I’m hearing and hoping it isn’t true,” he posted on social media. “I’m just sad. Naya Rivera was one of the first people I had the honor of working with back in 2009 when I got into public relations and moved to Hollywood. One of the first people to allow me to give her advice and guide her through those crazy Glee days.”
Rivera was previously married to actor Ryan Dorsey.