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Naya Rivera Presumed Drowned At Lake Piru, Site Of Many Accidental Deaths

By Ryan Naumann

“Glee” actress Naya Rivera is presumed dead after officials found her 4-year-old son on a boat in Lake Piru without her.

According to reports, on Wednesday, the 33-year-old actress took a trip out to the lake with her son. The two rented a pontoon boat around 1 p.m. There were no other guests with the two.

Three hours later, another boater came upon Naya’s boat and found her son sleeping by himself. The boater notified officials and a search was launched immediately. The search was suspended by nightfall but has resumed this morning.

Investigators found Naya’s car still parked in the parking lot with her purse inside.

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Naya’s son reportedly was unharmed and told the investigators they were swimming, but his mom never got back on the boat. The last social media post made by Naya was a photo of her kissing her son captioned, “just the two of us.”

On July 2, Naya tweet, “No matter the year, circumstance, or strifes every day you’re alive is a blessing. make the most of today and every day you are given. tomorrow is not promised.”

A Sheriff’s Deputy said, “There’s a lot of challenges in a reservoir this size, at times with visibility. 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.”


Last night, Ventura County Sheriff’s tweet out, “The missing person at Lake Puru has been identified as Naya Rivera, 33, of Los Angeles. SAR operation will continue at first light. @VCAirUnit @fillmoresheriff @Cal_OES”

Lake Piru has rules that swimming is only allowed at a designated sandy beach during the summer. A 2000 L.A. Times article ‘Lake Piru’s Tragic Toll’ detailed the many drownings that took place at the lake.

One incident involved a 25-year-old drowning only 10 feet from the shore. Another man drowned in the lake even though he was wearing a life jacket at the time.

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