Glee actress Naya Rivera’s son said his mum “jumped into the water but didn’t come back up” in haunting words to cops as they searched for her.
The 33-year-old is feared dead after going missing on a lake – with her four-year-old son Josey found asleep and alone on a rented boat.
Authorities found the little boy shortly before 5pm on Wednesday at Lake Piru, Southern California, with sources telling TMZ Josey said that his mother had “jumped into the water but didn’t come back up”.
Divers and helicopters immediately started searching the lake but so far there has been no sign of the star.
Naya’s life jacket was reportedly still in the boat and Josey was asleep when the vessel was first found.
Josey is now safe with family members. The boy’s father is Ryan Dorsey – who Naya divorced in 2018 and stars in the hit crime drama Ray Donovan.
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department began searching for a presumed drowning victim after responding to a report of a boy left alone on a boat at around 4.48pm, they said in a press release.
They later tweeted: “The missing person at Lake Puru has been identified as Naya Rivera, 33, of Los Angeles. SAR operation will continue at first light.”
Divers searched the lake until nightfall, but were unable to find the actress, who 113 episodes of the hit musical series from 2009 to 2015.
The search is expected to resume after sunrise in the US today.
Distraught fans tweeted for the Sheriff’s department to keep looking for Naya.
“Please don’t stop looking for her I beg you,” pleaded one user while another said: “Y’all need to be out on boats with flashlights!”
Naya Rivera’s four-year-old son said ‘mum jumped into lake and didn’t come back up’ in haunting words to cops
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