Former Glee actress Naya Rivera is feared drowned after she went missing during a boat trip on a lake in Southern California.
A search operation was launched after her four-year-old son Josey was reportedly found alone on a rented boat at Lake Piru.
Speaking on Thursday morning, Captain Eric Buschow said the search for Ms Rivera is still ongoing but added: “This may well be a case of drowning.”
The alarm was raised after she rented a boat at around 1pm local time on Wednesday (9pm UK time) on the lake but failed to return it.
A huge police operation was then launched using helicopters, drones and dive teams, police said.
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Captain Eric Buschow of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said another boater found her missing.
Eric Bushow 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.
“We’ve been actively searching for the mother since that time. We have both aerial search going on and our dive team as well.”
He added: “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.
“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.
“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.”
Rivera is an American actress, model, singer. She began her career as a child actress and model, appearing in national television commercials before landing the role of Hillary Winston on the short-lived CBS sitcom The Royal Family at the age of 4.
After a series of recurring television roles and guest spots as a teenager, Rivera received her breakthrough role as an adult as Santana Lopez on the Fox television series Glee (2009–2015), for which she received nominations for numerous accolades.
She divorced her husband Ryan Dorsey who she married in 2014 in 2018.