MUM JUMPED IN AND SHE DIDN’T COME BACK UP

GLEE FAVOURITE NAYA PRE­SUMED DEAD AF­TER BOAT TRIP WITH HER SON, FOUR

Metro (UK) - - NEWS - by AN­DREI HARMSWORTH

MISS­ING Glee star Naya Rivera was pre­sumed dead last night.

Po­lice had been search­ing for the ac­tress af­ter her four-year-old son, Josey Hol­lis, was found alone on a rented boat at Lake Piru in south­ern Cal­i­for­nia on Wed­nes­day.

He told res­cuers his mum had ‘jumped into the wa­ter but didn’t come back up’, ac­cord­ing to TMZ.

Josey, who po­lice said was in good health and be­ing cared for by fam­ily mem­bers, was spot­ted alone and asleep in the ves­sel by a pass­ing boat. His 33-year-old mother’s life jacket was still on board.

A search in­volv­ing he­li­copters, drones and dive teams was launched im­me­di­ately, and re­sumed at first light yes­ter­day.

How­ever, last night Chris Dyer, of the Ven­tura County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, said: ‘We’re switch­ing ef­forts into a search and re­cov­ery op­er­a­tion.

‘There are no signs of foul play, no signs that any­thing went wrong be­sides a tragic ac­ci­dent. The goal is still to bring Ms Rivera home to her fam­ily so they can have clo­sure.’

The day be­fore their boat trip, Rivera, who played cheer­leader San­tana Lopez in Glee, tweeted a pic­ture of her and Josey cap­tioned: ‘Just the two of us.’ This is the lat­est tragedy to hit stars of the mu­si­cal com­edy show. Cory Mon­teith, who played Finn Hud­son, died from a heroin over­dose in 2013. In 2018 Mark Salling, who played Puck, killed him­self af­ter plead­ing guilty to charges of hav­ing child pornog­ra­phy. Rivera be­came en­gaged to rap­per Big Sean in Oc­to­ber 2013, but they broke up the fol­low­ing April. She mar­ried Ray Dono­van ac­tor Ryan Dorsey in 2014 and Josey was born a year later. They di­vorced in 2018.

Rivera made her fea­ture film de­but in 2014’s At The Devil’s Door. She later had a role in the TV se­ries De­vi­ous Maids.

PIC­TURES: GETTY/MEGA/BACK­GRID

Hand in hand: Naya and Josey, four, out shop­ping last week

Naya’s ‘just the two of us’ pic­ture and the boat they rented

Touch­ing tweet:

Glee beauty: Naya played cheer­leader San­tana

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