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

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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.”

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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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