GLEE star Naya Rivera was reported missing on Wednesday afternoon when her boat was seen drifting at Lake Piru, north-west of Los Angeles.
The 33-year-old is believed to have drowned in a 'tragic accident' while boating with her young son, police say.
Her son, 4, was found asleep on board and told police they went swimming but his mother did not return.
Search teams are hunting for her body but conditions are difficult as visibility in the lake is low. Police have warned it could take weeks to find a body, if it can be found at all.
Authorities are now using advanced robot cameras and sonar equipment to expand the search.
We have the latest news and updates on the search for Naya Rivera…
NAYA'S SON SAID "MUM JUMPED INTO LAKE & DIDN'T COME BACK UP"
Naya's four-year-old boy, Josey, was found on board the boat, alone and asleep with his life jacket on.
He is said to have told the authorities his mummy “jumped into the water but didn’t come back up”.
Naya’s car was found near the boat-rental company’s office with her handbag inside.
Police, who revealed she had been visiting the lake for years and saw it as her sanctuary, are calling the incident a “horrible accident”.
LEA MICHELE TROLLED FORSTRAINED RELATIONSHIP WITH GLEE CO-STAR NAYA
Pregnant Lea Michele, 33, deactivated her Twitter account last night, after she was relentlessly trolled over her strained relationship with former Glee co-star Naya Rivera.
On Saturday night, fans took to Twitter to criticise the actress for not publicly speaking out on Naya's July 8th disappearance on California's Lake Piru.
Others dredged up her previous falling out with her former co-star.
Naya previously admitted that they did had a difficult working relationship on the set of their hit TV show.
POLICE RULE OUT SUICIDE AS THE CAUSE OF NAYA'S DISAPPEARANCE
Naya's four-year-old son Josey gave a statement leading police to find no evidence that the actress would have taken her own life.
After speaking with Josey, Sergeant Kevin Donoghue told People they do not suspect Naya committed suicide.
“We interviewed her son and there was nothing that we learned from her son that would have suggested that this was suicide,” he said.
“Everything that we've learned so far leads to this being some sort of water recreational accident.
“To say definitively what actually happened, we really can’t say. We just don’t know, it's a mystery.
“We're still investigating, we're still searching. We're trying to uncover clues as we go.”
NAYA'S FATHER AND BROTHER JOIN THE SEARCH
George Rivera arrived on the shores of the lake where his daughter disappeared.
He was seen dashing into the water, along with Naya's brother and cousin, in an emotional scene.
Naya's dad and her ex Jack Dorsey embraced as they led the tribute for the missing actress.
NAYA'S MUM DROPS TO HER KNEES IN GRIEF AT THE DOCK WHERE HER DAUGHTER DISAPPEARED
Yolanda Rivera was pictured kneeling in front of Lake Piru in Ventura, California, where her daughter is believed to have drowned on Wednesday.
Naya's ex-husband, Ryan Dorsey, joined the emotional scenes, wading through the water in tears.
He was reunited with Naya's dad, George Rivera, and her brother Mychal, who entered the water fully clothed in attempt to reach the missing star.
Together the family took a boat out onto the water to join the desperate search for Naya.
UNDERWATER ROBOTS NOW BEING USED IN SEARCH FOR NAYA
Glee' star Naya Rivera's body has still not been found, but authorities are now using advanced robot cameras and sonar equipment to expand the search.
According to the Ventura County Sheriff's Department, they have deployed a group of underwater robot cameras which can search the depths of Piru Lake — including areas with minimal visibility.
PETITION CALLS FOR BETTER SAFETY MEASURES AT LAKE WHERE NAYA DISAPPEARED
More than 20,000 people living near California's Lake Piru have signed a petition calling for better protection of swimmers following the disappearance of Glee actress Naya Rivera on Wednesday.
The lake is man-made, has strong currents and contains a lot of debris that can easily entangle and entrap swimmers.
According to TMZ, the petition states: “Locals of Ventura County don't go to Lake Piru for this reason! Tourists have no idea what they're getting into. Lake Piru needs signs.
“We're tires of waiting. We need justice for all those who got lost at Lake Piru. Put up the signs.”
WHO IS NAYA RIVERA AND WHO DID SHE PLAY IN GLEE?
Naya Rivera got her first taste of fame when she landed a starring role in the long-running musical drama, Glee.
Originally a child star, the 33-year-old actress got her first big break in the US sit-com, The Royal Family – not to be confused with Britain's The Royle Family.
The actress landed the role of Hilary Winston in the show at the age of four, starring opposite legendary actor and comic, Redd Foxx – before she landed the role of ice queen cheerleader, Santana Lopez, in Glee in 2009.
Read our explainer here.
GLEE STAR 'COULD HAVE HIT HER HEAD ON DEBRIS WHILE DIVING INTO LAKE'
Naya Rivera may have hit her head diving from her boat into a California lake, a diver searching for her body has said.
Search and rescue diver Robert Inglis told DailyMailTV that Rivera could have dived into the water from her boat and hit her head on one of the branches, shrubs or rocks beneath the surface.
Read more here.
NAYA'S FAMILY HOPE SEARCHERS WILL FIND BODY TO GIVE THEM 'CLOSURE'
Exclusive by Katy Forrester
NAYA Rivera's heartbroken family says they “wish” searchers could find the star so they can have some “closure” after she tragically went missing on a boating trip, the Sun can reveal.
The Glee actress's devastated relatives, along with ex-husband Ryan Dorsey, the father of her only child, are rallying around the little boy, who told investigators his mother “jumped into the water but didn't come back up” at Lake Piru, California, during a “challenging” interview.
A man who identified himself as Josey's grandfather, believed to be Ryan's dad, 65-year-old Arnold Dorsey, was at her mother Yolanda's home in Valencia with the family on Friday.
Visibly upset, he told The Sun: “We are sad, we just wish they could find her so we can have some closure.”
Asked how her young son is coping, he replied: “We still have good days [with him], I can't make any other comment at this time.”
Read more of the interview here.
NAYA'S FORMER CO-STAR AND EX TAHJ MOWRY SAYS HE 'NEVER STOPPED LOVING HER'
Naya Rivera's former Smart Guy co-star and ex boyfriend Tahj Mowry has paid an emotional tribute to the missing Glee star.
In a lengthy post to Instagram, he confessed that he had “never stopped loving” the star – and that “no woman has ever measured up” since.
He wrote: “My sweet Naya – to say that I am devastated would be an understatement. This is a nightmare. Everyday gets harder. However, I am holding onto hope that you will be found.
“We grew up together. We became adults together. We experienced so many firsts together. You were my first experience with everything; love, intimacy, heartbreak. We broke each others hearts and then mended them back together…more than once.
“I will never not think of you. No woman has ever measured up what you gave me or how you made me feel.
“I’ve never liked to admit it but I have never stopped loving you. A part of me always wished for the day where God would bring us back together to be what we dreamt we could have been.”
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My sweet Naya – to say that I am devastated would be an understatement. This is a nightmare. Everyday gets harder. However, I am holding onto hope that you will be found. We grew up together. We became adults together. We experienced so many firsts together. You were my first experience with everything; love, intimacy, heartbreak. We broke each others hearts and then mended them back together…more than once. I will never not think of you. No woman has ever measured up what you gave me or how you made me feel. I’ve never liked to admit it but I have never stopped loving you. A part of me always wished for the day where God would bring us back together to be what we dreamt we could have been. I pray deeply for the Rivera family and that God blankets them with strength, peace, and love right now. Mychal and Nickayla – you will always be like younger siblings to me and I love you dearly. I watched you two grow up into beautiful adults. George and Yolanda – whatever you need I am here for you. We are forever family and I love you. I ask everyone reading this to please lift up, along with the entire Rivera family, Ryan and Josey in prayer and to respect what they are going through during this time. I pray that God showers the entire family with strength and peace that only He can give. I still have faith. I still have hope. Let’s please all pray that she is found and brought home safely. Naya, I miss you deeply. I wish I got the chance to tell you that once more but I’m believing I will get that chance. I know deep down you’ve always known how I felt. I look forward to the day where I can see your beautiful face once more and tell you everything I’ve wanted to say that I didn’t get the chance to say. I love you forever. I always have and I always will. ♥️
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CELEBRITIES AND 'GLEE' CO-STARS SHARE PRAYERS FOR MISSING NAYA
Former Glee co-star Harry Shum wrote in a one-word tweet that he was “praying”.
Another of Naya's co-stars, Heather Morris, said on Instagram stories: “We need all the prayers we can get to bring our Naya back home to us. We need your love and light.”
Meanwhile musician Demi Lovato rallied her fans on Twitter, saying : “I don’t tweet often but sometimes my tweets come true so, together let’s manifest on twitter that Naya will be found safe and sound!!
“Come on y’all! Let’s put this energy out there: they will find her healthy and alive!!”
British pop-star Elle Eyre shared her thoughts, tweeting: “Honestly can’t stop thinking about naya rivera and her poor baby it’s so sad man.”
IN PICTURES: POLICE HUNT FOR MISSING NAYA CONTINUES
Newly released images show the ongoing search and recovery operation for missing US actress Naya Rivera in LA, California.
Pictures show a search helicopter – along with teams on the ground and on Lake Piru – at the Los Padres National Forest.
The operation is being led by Ventura Sheriff Department Captain Eric Buschow, pictured holding a press conference on Friday.
HAUNTING IMAGES SHOW NAYA BOARDING BOAT WITH SON
Images released yesterday show Glee star Naya Rivera boarding a boat with her son hours before she drowned.
The US actress, 33, was seen with Josey, four, arriving at Lake Piru in California on Wednesday and getting on the rented vessel.
It was found drifting with her son on board. He said she went swimming but did not return.
Search teams admit it is now a “recovery operation” for her body. A Sheriff spokesman said: “If the body is entangled on something beneath the water, it may never come back up.”
The family of a girl who drowned there in 2009 say a whirlpool may have killed Naya.
Their nine-year-old was “dragged right under the murky water”. The lake was “notorious for whirlpools” but authorities had ignored pleas for warning signs.
JET SKIER IN CCTV FOOTAGE MAY HOLD CLUE TO NAYA'S 'DROWNING'
A Jet skier seen in CCTV near Naya Rivera's boat may hold clues related to the Glee star's presumed drowning.
Video shared by cops shows the actress pulling up to the dock of Lake Piru in her Mercedes-Benz G Wagon before heading out on a rental boat with her son Josey.
Read more about the development here.
NAYA'S EX-HUSBAND RYAN DORSEY SEEN VISITING GLEE STAR'S MOTHER IN LA
Naya Rivera’s ex-husband Ryan Dorsey headed to her mum’s home as the search for the actress continues.
Ryan, 36, was spotted keeping his head down as he arrived at her mum’s home in LA, armed with food and bags, while the search continues.
Ryan – who split from the Glee star in 2017 – rushed to his son’s side after his ordeal.
His housemate told Mail Online: “Ryan headed up there as soon as their son was found to look after him. He was gone by the time I got home Wednesday.
“It’s a horrible circumstance and we’re hoping for the best.”
SHERIFF'S OFFICE BATTLING POOR CONDITIONS AS UNDERWATER SEARCH CONTINUES
Ventura County Sheriff's Office have revealed they been battling poor visibility as the underwater search continued.
Theforce shared footage from one of the cameras they had been using on their official Twitter account..
It shows how murky the water is at a depth of 30 feet– but the lake is nearly two miles long and 130-feet deep at some points.
POLICE FEAR NAYA'S BODY MAY BE 'ENTANGLED UNDERWATER'
Police searching for missing Naya Rivera fear her body has become “entangled underwater” and may never be found.
The Glee star, 33, disappeared from a boat on Lake Piru in California on Wednesday and local authorities subsequently launched an extensive search operation.
The alarm was raised after her son Josey, four, was found alone on the boat hours later. She remains missing and presumed dead.
Ventura County Sheriff's Office sergeant Kevin Donoghue told PA: “If the body is entangled in something beneath the water, it may never come back up. We don’t know.”
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