Naya Rivera seen with son Josey, 4, boarding boat on CCTV before Glee star ‘drowned’ in lake


HAUNTING CCTV footage shows Naya Rivera and her son as they board a boat at a lake then sail off before she disappeared.

The 33-year-old ‘Glee’ star and son Josey, four, are seen getting out of her car at Lake Piru in Southern California and then renting the boat.

On Thursday, officials switched their mission from search and rescue to a recovery operation after she vanished around 5pm the day before.

The CCTV footage released by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office shows Naya and Josey arriving in her black Mercedes SUV at the lake.

The pair then make their way to the boat rental area and can then be seen getting on board.

The boat then sails off on to the lake and soon after Naya went for a swim but hasn’t been seen again.

The heartbreaking footage comes as:

A 911 call that was made to report Naya missing has also been released by police.

An employee at the boat rental shop made the call when Naya’s son was found alone on the boat after she didn’t return it within the three-hour rental period.

Josey told police his mom “jumped into the water but didn’t come back up” as cops searched for her

Investigators with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said on Thursday that more than 100 personnel were searching for Rivera after she vanished in what they said “may well be a case of drowning.”

The actress might have “drowned in what appears to be a tragic accident,” Sergeant Kevin Donoghue said during a press conference. 

Officials said that Rivera’s son, Josey Hollis Dorsey — who was found alone on their rental boat in Lake Piro on Wednesday afternoon — told them that he and his mother were swimming in the lake.

The boy said that while he returned to the boat, Rivera never did.

Her child “gave enough information to investigators to conclude that Naya never made it out of water,” Donoghue said.

Authorities said it’s unclear how long it could take to find a body in the water but said Rivera is presumed dead.

If Rivera’s body is “entangled in something under the water, the body might never come up,” Donoghue said on Thursday.

Earlier on Thursday, Ventura County Deputy Chris Dyer told The Sun: “We’re still hoping to find her alive. It’s a search and rescue mission. We’re searching the water and the shoreline.”

“Situations like this don’t happen so often, but it has happened before. This happened on the north end of the lake.”

Fans fear Rivera’s disappearance is the latest tragedy of the “Glee curse”.

Two other ex-cast members have died from drug overdoses and suicide including her ex-boyfriend Mark Salling, who took his life in 2018 after being convicted of possessing child abuse images.

Actor Corey Monteith, who played Finn Hudson on the show, was found dead in his hotel room from a drug overdose in 2013.



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