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Glee actress Naya Rivera presumed dead, say police

The 33-year-old went missing from a lake in California yesterday.

Glee actress Naya Rivera is presumed dead, police say.

It comes as the after the 33-year-old's son Josey was found alone on a rented boat on California's Lake Piru yesterday.

It is believed she went swimming with the four-year-old who managed to return to the vessel, but she did not.

Rivera's young son was wearing a life jacket, but it is not believed that she was, as an adult's jacket was found aboard their boat.

The young boy told police that his mother jumped into the lake, but did not return. A huge search operation ensued yesterday evening, after Ventura County Sheriff's Department responded to a report of a toddler alone on a rented boat.

Shortly after it resumed this morning, Officer Chris Dyer gave a tragic update.

“The latest is that we’re switching efforts into a search and recovery operation," he said.

"That doesn’t change anything in the efforts that we’re putting forth to locate her but it changes the title, in a sense."

"We’re presuming that an accident happened, we’re presuming that she drowned in the lake."

Authorities believe a tragic accident occurred as they found no signs of foul play.

"There are no signs of foul play, no signs that anything went wrong besides a tragic accident."

"The goal is still to bring Ms Rivera home to her family so they can have some closure." he said.

On Twitter this evening they gave a further update on their search saying that there are "over 80 people involved" in locating the missing woman.

"Multiple teams of professional search & rescue personnel are actively searching Lake Piru for clues to the location of Naya Rivera."

"With over 80 people involved in the search right now, we are using helicopters, boats, ATV vehicles, and ground personnel to try and locate her."

"We have mutual aid for specialised dive teams en route from Los Angeles County, San Luis Obispo County, and Tulare County," they said in a further Tweet.

"We will keep you posted with any updates as we learn them."

"Our hearts and prayers go out the all of the family and friends of the Rivera family."

Naya Rivera is best known for her role in Glee as cheerleader Santana Lopez.

In 2014 she married actor Ryan Dorsey, and welcomed their son Josey Hollis the following year.

The pair filed for divorce after two years of marriage with Rivera later calling it off before finally separating in 2018.

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