On Thursday morning, Glee actress, Naya Rivera was declared officially missing after her 4-year-old son was found alone on a boat.
It has now been confirmed by officials that the body of Rivera has been found. In a press conference today, police believe she bravely saved her son from the waters but was unable to save herself.
Here’s what we know so far about this heartbreaking loss…
The thirty-three-year-old actress was confirmed as missing, with officials presuming her dead.
And, to make this situation even worse, her 4-year-old son, Josey, was found alone at the scene of her disappearance.
The actress portrayed the role of the sharp-witted cheerleader, Santana Lopez.
And she went on to appear in most episodes across all of the 6 seasons.
In 2011, it was announced that the actress had signed a deal with Colombia Records to produce a solo album, and her debut single, “Sorry” featured the rapper, Big Sean, who she went on to have a brief romance with.
So instead, Rivera resorted back to her skills as an actress and went on to appear in a handful of different movies and TV series, including At The Devil’s Door and Devious Maids.
With her now ex-husband, Ryan Dorsey, Rivera had a son, Josey, in 2015, and he had been the apple of her eye ever since.
And she threw herself into motherhood, devoting most of her time to raising her son.
The post shows a tender moment between her and her son, alongside the caption, “Just the two of us.”
Her 1.9 million followers immediately praised the sweet mother-son moment, and it only spurred the feeling of desperation further.
While out vacationing with Josey along California’s Lake Piru, Rivera went missing.
But, 3 hours later, another boater raised the alarm after seeing the vessel drifting and Josey sleeping alone on board.
The child was reportedly unharmed.
And her lifejacket still onboard the boat.
The police since confirmed that “this may well be a case of drowning.”
But at that point, no trace of Rivera was found.
“There’s a lot of challenges in a reservoir this size, at times with visibility,” Captain Eric Buschow, of the sheriff’s department, said on Thursday.
“I don’t have details yet as to the depth of the area where the boat was found or what conditions they’re encountering out there.”
Twitter users expressed their shock over the incident, and many can’t even begin to imagine what her poor child must be going through.
And it is utterly horrifying.
According to TMZ, Rivera’s son had told the authorities that his mom had “jumped into the water but didn’t come back up.”
A body has been found at the lake in the search for Rivera, according to police.
A press conference today confirmed that her body was found floating in the lake following a 6-day search.
It is believed she helped her son in to the boat, but was unable to get back in herself.
It appears he has told officials that once he was safely in the boat, his mom disappeared in to the water.
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