‘Glee’ star Naya Rivera be­lieved drowned in lake

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LOS ANGELES — Author­i­ties said Thurs­day that they be­lieve “Glee” star Naya Rivera drowned in a South­ern Cal­i­for­nia lake but they are con­tin­u­ing the search for her a day af­ter her 4year-old son was found alone in a rented boat.

“In­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve Rivera drowned in what ap­pears to be a tragic ac­ci­dent,” a Ven­tura County Sher­iff’s Of­fice state­ment said.

The boy, who was found asleep and wear­ing a life vest late Wed­nes­day after­noon, told in­ves­ti­ga­tors that he and his mother went swim­ming and he got back on the boat, but “his mom never made it out of the wa­ter,” Sher­iff’s Sgt. Kevin Donoghue said.

Sur­veil­lance video taken at about 1 p.m. Wed­nes­day shows Rivera and the boy leav­ing on the boat at Lake Piru, some­thing she had done be­fore.

“She had ex­pe­ri­ence boat­ing out here at the lake,” Donoghue said.

The boy was dis­cov­ered by the ven­dor who rented the boat to the pair. Rivera’s iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and an adult life vest were on the boat, and her car was found in a park­ing area, Donoghue said.

In a news con­fer­ence more than 24 hours af­ter the two had set out, Donoghue said that the ef­fort had shifted from an at­tempt to res­cue the 33-year-old to an at­tempt to re­cover her body.

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