(CBS News) — Rescue crews scoured a small lake in Ventura County, California late Wednesday evening for former “Glee” actress Naya Rivera, who went missing while on a boat trip with her young son. CBS Los Angeles said the 4-year-old boy was found alone on the boat on the water.
A witness told CBS Los Angeles they saw the boy and his mother take the rental boat out onto Lake Piru, in Los Padres National Forest, late Wednesday afternoon.
About three hours after they set off, another boater reportedly spotted the boat drifting and then found boy asleep on board. Search and rescue crews were immediately dispatched, including divers and helicopters scanning the lake from above.
CBS Los Angeles said the young boy told police he and his mom had gone out to go swimming.
The Ventura County Sheriff’s office confirmed that Rivera, 33, was the subject of the search, but indicated in a tweet that efforts to find the actress had been put on hold Wednesday night. The search “will continue at first light,” the tweet said, showing video of search helicopter coming back to land in a parking area in the twilight.
The little boy was unharmed, according to CBS Los Angeles.
Rivera’s fellow “Glee” actor Harry Shum said in a one-word tweet that he was “praying” Wednesday night.
Two of Rivera’s co-stars from the show about a high school glee club, which aired its final episode in 2015 after almost six years of success, have died.
Cory Monteith, who rose to fame on the hit Fox show,at the age of 31 in 2013.
In 2018, Mark Salling, known for his role as Puck on “Glee,”at the age of 35. He was found dead while awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography in 2017. Officials said no foul play was suspected in his death.
Salling and Rivera had dated previously but he was not the father of her son, whom the actress once called her “greatest success.”