Naya Rivera has gone missing and presumed dead after a boat trip with her 4-year-old son, Josey Hollis Dorsey, in Lake Peru, southern California on Wednesday, July 8. Divers and helicopters were scouring the reservoir in hope to find her body, but the search has now been halted until first light.
According to Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, Naya rented a pontoon boat at 1 P.M. for her and her son to take out onto Lake Peru. However, three hours later, another boater raised the alarm after seeing the vessel drifting and the child asleep on the boat. Her son reportedly told the cops that the “Glee” alum and him went for a swim, but she never returned to the boat.
Captain Eric Buschow, a spokesman for the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, acknowledged that this might be a case of drowning. “This is a big reservoir, it’s deep, these kinds of things happen. We don’t know all the circumstances. Investigators are working on that, getting as much information as possible,” he said.
“There’s a lot of challenges in a reservoir this size, at times with visibility,” he continued saying. “I don’t have details yet as to the depth of the area where the boat was found or what conditions they’re encountering out there.”
Meanwhile, her son is reportedly unharmed.
Prior to the accident, Naya took to her social media account to share a photo of her kissing Josey on the cheek. “Just the two of us,” she wrote in the caption of the post, which has now been flooded with comments praying for her safety.