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Manchester Evening News
Manchester Evening News
Jessica Sansome

Missing Glee star Naya Rivera is now presumed dead

Missing Glee star Naya Rivera is now presumed dead, police said.

The actress went missing on Wednesday while on a rented boat with her four-year-old son at Lake Piru, about 56 miles north-west of central Los Angeles.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s office said the effort to find the actress, best known for playing Santana Lopez on musical comedy series Glee, is now a "search and recovery operation".

There is no foul play suspected and officers believe Rivera, 33, drowned.

Police said a huge search operation was launched, but the actress was not found.

It resumed on Thursday morning and officers gave a grim update shortly afterwards.

Officer Chris Dyer said: "The latest is that we're switching efforts into a search and recovery operation.

"That doesn't change anything in the efforts that we’re putting forth to locate her but it changes the title, in a sense.

"We're presuming that an accident happened, we’re presuming that she drowned in the lake.

"There are no signs of foul play, no signs that anything went wrong besides a tragic accident."

Rivera, known for her role in Glee, was reported missing after her 4-year-old son was found by himself in a rented boat (Getty Images)

Mr Dyer added: "The goal is still to bring Ms Rivera home to her family so they can have some closure."

According to local reports quoting the sheriff's department, Nivera rented a boat at Lake Piru at about 1pm local time on Wednesday.

An alarm was raised after Rivera, failed to return the boat, which was found drifting with the child sleeping alone on board.

Rivera's son, Josey Hollis, is in good health and with family, police said.

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