“Glee” alum Naya Rivera went missing on Wednesday (June 8th) after renting a pontoon boat in Lake Piru with her four-year-old son Josey earlier that day.
And now, an eyewitness has come forward revealing they saw the actress rent the boat and get into it with her son before she went missing.
“It was a beautiful day. It was comfortable weather and there were other pontoon boats in the water and even a water skier,” the eyewitness told Entertainment Tonight. “She looked like any other mother with her son going out to enjoy the day.”
According to reports, Rivera rented the boat around 1 p.m. About three hours later, Josey was found in the boat, alone.
The four-year-old was reportedly found unharmed and asleep. He told investigators his mother went in for a swim but never came back up.
Rivera shares her son with ex-husband Ryan Dorsey who she married in 2014 and divorced in 2018.
Ventura County Sheriff’s Capt. Eric Buschow recently gave an update on Josey saying, “He’s in good health. The family is going through a very traumatic time right now.”
After Rivera was declared missing, a search immediately took place. However, authorities suspended the search overnight.
This morning, police made it clear the actress was presumed dead; calling the incident an accidental drowning.
“We’re presuming that an accident happened and we’re presuming she drowned in the lake,” Ventura County Sheriff Deputy Chris Dyer said on Thursday.
Rivera is best known for playing Santana Lopez on the long-running show, “Glee.”
Her former co-star, Heather Morris, asked fans to pray for Rivera writing on her Instagram story, “We need all the prayers we can get to bring our Naya back home. We need your love and light.”
Demi Lovato posted a similar message to her story writing, “Please pray @nayarivera to be found safe and sound.”
Prior to her relationship with the father of her child, Rivera was engaged to Big Sean. The two called things off in 2013, amid rumors the rapper cheated with Ariana Grande, who he went on to date until 2015.
And while Big Sean hasn’t said anything about Rivera, he’s liked several posts on Twitter hoping for the actresses safe return.
Before “Glee,” Rivera had a role on the short-lived CBS show, “The Royal Family.”
In 2014, she starred in the horror film, “At the Devil’s Door.” The following year, she made appearances in the lifetime show, “Devious Maids.”
Since 2018, she’s played Collette Jones in the YouTube Red series “Step Up: High Water.”
The actress currently resides in Los Angeles, California. But she grew up in Valencia, which is barely 20 miles from where she went missing.