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Image copyright Getty Images Glee star Naya Rivera is missing after her four-year-old son was found alone in a boat on a lake in Southern California, officials say. The 33-year-old rented the boat on Wednesday afternoon at Lake Piru, north-west of Los Angeles, the Ventura County Sheriff's office says. A search operation is under way. Rivera is best known for playing cold-hearted cheerleader Santana Lopez in the musical comedy series Glee from 2009 to 2015. She married fellow actor Ryan Dorsey in 2014 - who is the father of her son.

The couple divorced in 2018 and had joint custody of the boy. SHE first tasted fame when she landed a starring role in the long-running musical drama, Glee. But Naya Rivera now is missing, feared dead. Naya Rivera is an American actress Credit: AP:Associated Press Is Naya Rivera missing? On July 9, 2020 it was reported Naya was feared dead after going missing on a lake - with her four-year-old son Josey found asleep and alone on a rented boat.

Ventura County Sheriff's deputies found the little boy shortly before 5pm on July 8, 2020 at Lake Piru, Southern California. TMZ have confirmed that Naya was not on the boat, with sources telling the publication that Josey told authorities that his mother had "jumped into the water but didn't come back up". Divers searched the lake until nightfall, but were unable to find the actress. 1 Naya Rivera is most famous for her starring role in Glee Credit: Getty - Contributor Breaking lake mystery Glee's Naya Rivera missing presumed dead on lake with son, 4, asleep on boat TIME'S UP Paula Wilcox's arrival explained as Corrie teases Geoff Metcalfe twist sex ban Petition to have kinky film 365 DNI removed from Netflix racks up 70,000 signatures Exclusive LOCKDOWN IN THE DUMPED Hollyoaks' Nikki Sanderson splits from boyfriend after five years BRA-VO Inside Jeff Brazier's stunning family home as he reveals incredible bedroom makeover Exclusive STAR PUPIL My school loves Kate but I'm their dirty little secret, says Jack Whitehall What is Naya Rivera's background? Originally a child star, the 33-year-old actress got her first big break in the US sit-com, The Royal Family - not to be confused with Britain's The Royale Family.

The actress landed the role of Hilary Winston in the show at the age of four, starring opposite legendary actor and comic, Redd Foxx. Her next big break didn't come till 2009 when she landed the role of the ice queen cheerleader, Santana Lopez, in Glee. The FOX musical comedy and drama was an instant hit and shot the cast to worldwide fame. Naya Rivera, 33, who starred in six seasons of Fox's "Glee" as the sharp-witted cheerleader Santana Lopez, was missing on Wednesday night as a search team scoured Lake Piru in California, according to the Ventura County Sheriff's Office. The sheriff's office said that it was searching for a "possible drowning victim" in the lake. The search was suspended late Wednesday and will be resumed Thursday morning. A sheriff's office spokesman, Eric Buschow, said that Ms. Rivera had rented a boat with her 4-year-old son on Wednesday afternoon. Another boater found the son alone on the boat at 4 p.m., he said. The boy was safe on Wednesday night, he said. Ms. Rivera began acting as a 4-year-old on the CBS sitcom "The Royal Family" and made guest appearances on a number of shows, including "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," "Family Matters" and "Baywatch."