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"Glee" Star Naya Rivera Is Presumed Dead, Per Ventura County Sheriff

Rescuers are resuming their search this morning.

Updated on July 9 at 3:30 p.m.

Almost a day after Glee alum Naya Rivera went missing while boating on a California lake, the Ventura County Sheriff's Office is presuming she has died.

"We're presuming that an accident happened and we're presuming she drowned in the lake," Ventura County Sheriff Deputy Chris Dyer said, per CNN. “Switching that mode to a search-and-recovery mode, like I said, does not change the efforts and does not change the gusto, what we push forward with the search operation. The goal is still to bring Ms. Rivera home to her family, so they can have some closure," he said according to the Washington Post, explaining that search and rescue efforts have turned to recovery.

Dive teams and other rescuers have been searching for Naya since her 4-year-old son was found alive and safe Wednesday afternoon in the boat they had rented earlier that day on Lake Piru, in the Los Padres National Forest. Rescue missions paused during the night and resumed early Thursday morning. 

Teen Vogue will update this story as we learn more.

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Actor Naya Rivera, who is best known for playing Santana Lopez on Glee, has been reported missing by California authorities, per the Hollywood Reporter.

Early Thursday morning, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department reported that they had identified a missing person for whom they had been searching earlier on Wednesday — and it was the 33-year-old former Glee actor. As THR reports, Naya and her four-year-old son, Josey, had been in a rented boat on Lake Piru, a reservoir in Ventura County earlier that day. The boy was found alone but unharmed and wearing a life jacket in the boat around 4 p.m. on Wednesday, roughly three hours after Rivera rented the boat. The Guardian adds that Rivera’s identification was found on the rental.

Josey reportedly told authorities “that he and his mother went for a swim, but his mother never returned to the boat,” THR notes. The VCSD is treating the case as a possible drowning, per their Twitter.

The search was suspended late Wednesday night, and on Thursday morning, the VCSD tweeted, “The search for Naya Rivera will continue this morning at Lake Piru. The lake will be closed to the public while search operations continue. Dive teams from throughout the region will be assisting us through mutual aid.”

Fans, friends, and former costars including Harry Shum Jr. and Heather Morris shared that they are praying for her safe return. 

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