No one’s more shocked by Naya Rivera’s sudden disappearance than her friends and family.
According to a People source, the Glee alum’s loved ones are confused and desperate for answers after the mother-of-one never returned from a boating trip with her 4-year-old son Josey Dorsey on Wednesday.
The insider, who was close to the actress during her time on the hit FOX series, told the outlet:
“Nobody has heard anything. Everybody is in a wait-and-see pattern and trying to figure out exactly what happened… Everybody is in disbelief.”
“Disbelief” is putting it lightly.
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The source said they caught up with the actress just a few weeks ago, adding:
“She seemed happy, busy… just kind of living life.”
And a big part of Naya’s life over these past few years was being a dedicated mother to Josey, whom she shares with ex-husband Ryan Dorsey.
The source explained:
“Back in the day, her life was all about her career. It was all about acting, singing, using her platform for equal rights, empowerment, anti-bullying – I think her priorities have shifted. Her working less isn’t because she doesn’t want to work, but she’s a mom. Her son comes first. That’s apparent in everything she’s posted and done. Everything is about her son.”
As we wrote, the 33-year-old actress was reported missing on Wednesday after a trip to Lake Piru in Ventura County, California with Josey. Naya rented a pontoon boat for her and her son, and went swimming in the water Wednesday afternoon; however, lake staff later found the boat at the north side of the body of water with the actress’ son sleeping aboard by himself.
As Rivera’s friends and former co-stars are taking to social media to share their hopes and prayers that she’s found soon, authorities continued their search Thursday — but have so far found nothing, and shifted the search from a rescue mission to a recovery one, with the California native presumed dead from a tragic drowning accident.
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement:
“The search resumed Thursday morning with divers experiencing less than one foot of visibility in the water in daylight. The difficult conditions have made the recovery operation a very slow process. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is assisting in the search with divers and sonar equipment. Approximately 100 personnel are participating in the mission on Thursday, including resources from neighboring counties and the United States Coast Guard… Investigators believe Rivera drowned in what appears to be a tragic accident.”
We’ll keep you updated.
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