Celebs Share Messages of Hope After Naya Rivera Goes Missing

Former costars and fellow celebrities sent prayers to Naya Rivera after the Glee alum went missing on Wednesday, July 8, during a boat ride with her 4-year-old son, Josey.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department told Us Weekly that Rivera, 33, rented a motorized pontoon boat for three hours at Lake Piru near Los Angeles. She was 30 minutes overdue to return the boat, so personnel went searching and found the vessel adrift with Josey asleep on it. He was alone.

“It is believed that Naya and her son were swimming in the lake near the boat and as they were getting back into the boat, her son made it into the boat and Naya went under water and did not resurface,” the department said in a statement to Us.

A large-scale search that involved drone teams, a sheriff’s boat and a dive team was conducted from 4:38 p.m. to 10 p.m. The sheriff’s office said the “search was terminated … due to darkness” and is set to resume at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 9, with “additional divers and sonar equipment.”

Captain Eric Buschow of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, meanwhile, told Us that Josey was found wearing a life vest in compliance with California law but “another vest [was found] on board the boat for an adult, so it looks like [Rivera] was not wearing” hers.

“The fact that she was seen in the water shows there is a high likelihood that she drowned,” Buschow said, noting that “all indications point” to the actress being dead.

Rivera shares Josey with her ex-husband, Ryan Dorsey, to whom she was married from 2014 to 2018. In addition to starring as Santana Lopez on all six seasons of Glee, she had roles in The Royal Family and Devious Maids.

Scroll down to see messages of hope that celebrities shared in the wake of the news.

Demi Lovato

“Please pray for @nayarivera to be found safe and sound,” the pop star, who played Santana’s love interest Dani on season 5 of Glee, wrote on her Instagram Stories.

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Heather Morris

“We need all the prayers we can get to bring our Naya back home to us,” the actress, who starred as Brittany S. Pierce on Glee, wrote on her Instagram Stories. “We need your love and light.”


Harry Shum Jr.

“Praying,” the actor, who played Mike Chang on the show, tweeted.


Iqbal Theba

“Oh God… mercy… please…” Theba, who portrayed Principal Figgins, tweeted.

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Max Adler

The actor, who played jock Dave Karofsky, tweeted three praying-hand emojis.

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Damian McGinty

“Sick to my stomach,” the Glee Project winner, who had a recurring role as exchange student Rory Flanagan, tweeted. “Please pray.”

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Vanessa Lengies

“I love her. I love you,” the American Dreams alum, who played Sugar Motta on Glee, tweeted. “Holding you tight.”

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Jackée Harry

“Prayers up for the lovely Naya Rivera,” Harry’s The Royal Family costar tweeted. “We starred alongside one another in her first very television series, The Royal Family, and I’ve watched her career blossom ever since. Please God, don’t cut this life short.”

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Yvette Nicole Brown

“Dear God… Please pray for Naya and her son,” the Community alum tweeted. “I pray she is found okay.”

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Karamo Brown

“Praying for Naya Rivera,” the Queer Eye star tweeted. “I don’t know her but I hope she is safe.”

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