BEVERLY HILLS, July 09, (THEWILL) – American actress, Naya Rivera, has been declared missing after her four-year-old son, Josey Hollis, was found alone in a boat on Lake Piru in California.
According to reports, the actress was said to have arrived at the lake and rented a pontoon boat with her son onboard but alarms bell went off when her son was found alone in the rented boat at about 4pm without the actress and their car was found exactly where she had parked it.
Ventura County Sheriff’s Department revealed that they had begun searching for a presumed drowning victim at the reservoir as only her son got back on the boat.
Captain Eric Buschow, a spokesman for the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, stated that a rescue team has since been dispatched.
He said: “They were seen going out on the lake together in the early afternoon, and approximately three hours after they left the dock another boater out on the lake discovered the boat drifting with the [son] on board asleep. So they contacted the rangers and began an investigation and we’ve been actively searching for the mother since that time. We have both aerial searches going on and our dive team as well. Indications are that we believe she did go in the lake.
“At this point, it’s still a search and that’s what we know up to this point. The son said that she had been swimming with her mother and that she got back in the boat and her mum didn’t. We know that the girl had a life vest on, there was another adult life vest found on the boat. It’s somewhat challenging interviewing a three-year-old. We’re going on the belief that she did go in the water, and we’ve not been able to locate her. This may well be a case of drowning. This is a big reservoir, it’s deep, these kinds of things happen. We don’t know all the circumstances.”
THEWILL reports that the actress birthed her son, Josey Hills, in 2015 with ex-husband, Ryan Dorsey.