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What Naya Rivera’s Son Remembers Before She Disappeared


The news that former Glee star Naya Rivera is missing and feared dead after disappearing from a boat in California has shaken the world.

According to the Associated Press, the 33-year-old Rivera vanished from Lake Piru in Ventura County on the evening of July 8, 2020.

According to CBS Los Angeles, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department is doing everything they can to find Rivera in what has become, according to a spokesperson, a quote, “search and recovery operation.” They have deployed helicopters, drones and dive teams in a continuing effort to locate the singer and actress, but fear the worst.

A spokesperson for the Ventura County Sheriff’s department told The Wrap,

“We believe a tragic accident happened and she may have lost her life in the lake.”

Rivera went to the lake, which has since been closed off to the public, on the afternoon of July 8, and rented a boat with her 4-year-old son, Josey. According to the Ventura County Sheriff, both were seen going out on the lake together. But about three hours after they departed, after the boat was due to be returned, the boat was found drifting with only the child on board.

According to the Sheriff’s office, Josey is safe and in good health as the search for his mother continues.

Ventura County Sheriff’s Captain Eric Buschow shared some heartbreaking details about what Naya Rivera’s son, Josey, was able to tell them about the moments before his mother went missing.

Buschow told Us Weekly that at the time the boat was discovered, the child was wearing a life vest. An adult life vest was also found on the boat. Buschow said,

“The son said they were in the water swimming together. He came up and got back up on the boat, but she did not. He was found on the boat by a passerby. He was found fast asleep on the boat by himself.”

Buschow went on to state that all indications pointed to Rivera’s disappearance being a case of an accidental drowning.

Naya Rivera, who played Santana Lopez on Glee and also starred in the Step Up: High Water TV series, shares Josey with ex-husband, Ryan Dorsey, whom she was married to until 2018.

In her 2016 memoir, Sorry Not Sorry, Rivera called her son, quote, “my greatest success, and I will never do any better than him.” Our hopes go out to Naya Rivera and our hearts are with her son, Josey.


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