Naya Rivera, the actress who portrayed the character Santa Lopez on Glee is missing. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department confirmed the Glee singer and actor went missing on Wednesday in California’s Lake Piru. They found her 4-year-old son Josey alone on a boat in the middle of the Lake. Authorities began their search yesterday and have confirmed that a search for Rivera is underway and will continue at daybreak on Thursday, July 9.
CNN reported that spokesman for the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, Capt. Eric Bushow, said that the child had on a life vest and an adult life vest was found on the boat, indicating she might not have been wearing one. Her son is safe in the care of family members.
As news about Rivera emerged overnight, fans, friends and former co-stars took to social media to ask for prayers for the actress. “Please pray for @nayarivera to be found safe and sound,” Demi Lovato wrote alongside a photo of a lit white candle.
Heather Morris , who portrayed Brittany S. Pierce on the beloved Glee show wrote on her Instagram Story, “We need all the prayers we can get to bring our Naya back home to us. We need your love and light.”
Glee‘s Harry Shum Jr. tweeted that he’s, “Praying.” While Iqbal Theba, who portrayed Principal Figgins on the musical series, tweeted “Oh God… mercy… please…”
— Harry Shum Jr (@HarryShumJr) July 9, 2020
Glee‘s Chord Overstreet also wrote to his twitter fans, “love and hug on the people you can, while you can. I love you. Everyone please send out your prayers.”
Big Sean took to Twitter to “like” a series of tweets about the search for Rivera, including two tweets posted by the Los Angeles radio station Real 92.3 about praying for Rivera and the post she made on socials 6 days before her disappearance about living in the moment because “tomorrow is not promised.”
no matter the year, circumstance, or strifes everyday you're alive is a blessing. make the most of today and every day you are given. tomorrow is not promised pic.twitter.com/O4t7wdqA4k
— Naya Rivera (@NayaRivera) July 2, 2020
Actress Jackée Harry tweeted a scene she shared with Rivera on the sitcom “The Royal Family” which was Rivera’s first acting job at the age of 4.
Prayers up for the lovely Naya Rivera. ????????
We starred alongside one another in her first very television series, The Royal Family, and I’ve watched her career blossom ever since. Please God, don’t cut this life short. pic.twitter.com/8fRDuuh3oK
— Jackée Harry (@JackeeHarry) July 9, 2020
Fans from all over the world on twitter have been sending prayers to the beloved actress, hoping she returns home safely. Some twitter fans have also pointed out the danger of swimming in Lake Piru and the lack of warning signs posted around the area.
Please never come to lake piru to swim!! I lost my prima at an extremely young age while she went out for a swim when a sudden whirlpool dragged her 6 feet under. For years our family has been asking to have signs be put up warning visitors about these waters. https://t.co/pIubC74Mhk
— Andrea Arredondo (@andretheegiantt) July 9, 2020
We will continue to keep a close eye on the development of the search and will update the story when new updates emerge. We offer our condolences to her friends and family.