Update: Glee star Naya Rivera Confirmed Dead

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[Update: Divers recovered a body from the lake around 9:30 a.m. on Monday, July 13, according to the Ventura County Sheriff's Department. They have since identified Rivera as the victim.]

Glee star Naya Rivera is missing after she rented a boat with her four-year-old son on Lake Piru in Southern California, about 90 kilometres north of Los Angeles.

The 33-year-old actress rented a boat on the lake around 1 p.m. on Wednesday and had an afternoon of swimming with her son, who was the last to see her before she went missing, said Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Eric Buschow, reports the LA Times.

Rivera, best known for playing cheerleader Santana on Glee, rented a pontoon boat. According to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, when she failed to return it on time, employees at the rental stand went looking for her. They saw the pontoon drifting on the water around 4 p.m. and found her son sleeping on the boat alone. They contacted officials, who launched a search for the actress using helicopters, drones and dive teams. The search was suspended last night and resumed this morning, with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office saying over 80 people are involved in the search, and specialized dive teams are also en route from Los Angeles County, San Luis Obispo County, and Tulare County.

Rivera’s son told authorities that they had been swimming together and she didn’t get back on the boat, reports CBS. Her son was wearing a life vest, but the adult-sized one was found on the boat, as was Rivera's wallet. The boy is said to be reunited with family. Rivera and the boy's father, Ryan Dorsey, divorced in 2018 after nearly four years of marriage and share custody.

“We’re going on the belief that she did go in the water and we have not been able to locate her. So this may well be a case of drowning,” Buschow told reporters.

Earlier this week, Rivera shared a photo with her son on Twitter, captioning it “just the two of us.”

She also recently posted a photo on Instagram with the caption "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"

Beyond Glee, Rivera also starred in Devious Maids and is currently on the show Step Up: High Water. She wrote a memoir called Sorry Not Sorry in 2016, in which she called her son "my greatest success, and I will never do any better than him."

Multiple Glee cast members have faced tragic fates. Cory Monteith died in 2013 from a drug overdose, and Mark Salling killed himself in 2018 after pleading guilty to child pornography charges.

Rivera's costars and other stars have taken to social media to express their hope of finding her safe:

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