On Sunday (July 12, 2020), a member of a team searching a Ventura County lake for Rivera said that he’s confident his crew were getting a clearer idea of where in the lake to find her, a magazine reported.
Robert Inglis of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Search & Rescue Team told Us Weekly that the 33-year-old actress sent to a family member a picture of her 4-year-old son, Josey, in front of a cove before she disappeared July 8 after diving into Lake Piru.
“There was a picture sent to a family member that showed the boy on the boat by a cove,” Inglis told the magazine. “We found where that cove was.”
Her son told police they had gone swimming but the actress never returned. After a massive search and rescue operation found no trace of Rivera, police moved to a “search and recovery operation.”
For six seasons, from 2009-2015, Rivera played the role of an unexpectedly popular television anti-hero. Glee‘s Santana Lopez was a cynical, closeted high school cheerleader with charisma to burn and an ax to grind.
“The only straight I am is straight-up bitch,” Santana announced in Season 2. But the character’s bullying eventually yielded to team spirit and a tender romance with another cheerleader, the sweet natured but dim Brittany.
Glee fans pushed for the story line, which became one of the most popular arcs on the show.
She was previously married to actor Ryan Dorsey, Josey’s father.
“Rest sweet, Naya,” Jane Lynch, who co-starred with Rivera on Glee, tweeted. “What a force you were. Love and peace to your family.”
In an eerie coincidence, today is the seventh anniversary of Naya’s former Glee star Cory Monteith‘s death from a drug overdose.