Former “Glee” star Naya Rivera is missing and presumed dead after her 4-year-old son was discovered alone on a boat on a lake north of Los Angeles on Wednesday, according to several sources.
Rivera rented a boat at Lake Piru in Ventura County at 1 p.m. Her son was found safe by another boatman three hours later, according to KCAL-TV in Los Angeles.
Police said they were trying to bring the boy and his family closer, the station reported.
The quest was stopped late Wednesday night after air and dive teams had been looking for the 33-year-old actress for hours.
“There are a lot of challenges in a reservoir of this scale, sometimes with visibility,” said Capt. Eric Buschow, Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. “I don’t have any information as to the location of the area where the boat was located or the conditions they ‘re meeting out there.”
Rivera and her son went swimming on their excursion — he was wearing a life jacket, but she wasn’t — and he got back into the port, but she didn’t, the sheriff’s department said, according to KNBC.
FIND HER trended Wednesday night after the sheriff’s department said the search had been called off until the first light on Thursday morning.
Some critics argued that the department should have searched later in the night, but the department was likely to have factored in the safety of the rescue teams as overnight water rescues could be hazardous.
Rivera is best known for playing Santana Lopez on “Glee” and most recently Collette Jones played in the “Step Up: High Water” series.