Fans React to Naya Rivera Missing in Lake Piru, ‘#PrayForNaya’ Trends on Social Media

The tragic news about Naya Rivera took over social media on Wednesday night and well into the early hours of Thursday morning. The 33-year-old former Glee actor went out for a boat ride and swim with her young son and was reported missing hours later.

County officials commenced a search and rescue operation but suspended it on Wednesday night. Fans are devastated and worried for Rivera and her family.

Naya Rivera
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Naya Rivera went missing on July 8

Rivera and her son, Josey, rented a pontoon boat at Lake Piru, a recreational park area that’s 50 miles north of Los Angeles.

They got the boat around 1 p.m. and hours later, someone found Rivera’s son floating in it by himself. Police were called to the scene shortly before 5 p.m. and Josey told deputies that his mother went swimming but never came out of the water.

A team of search and rescue divers was dispatched to search the lake, but they had to suspend the operation because of nightfall. That was around 10 p.m.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department stated they would resume their search on Thursday morning. At the time of this writing, they are back it.

Fans and friends shocked, concerned about Naya Rivera

All night, Rivera’s fans campaigned on social media for officials to keep searching (through the night), afraid that Rivera could be in alive and in trouble.

Some complained that authorities should have kept searching in the murky water during the night, but others chimed in to explain that it’s difficult and dangerous to work in such conditions in the dark, even with flashlights.

The hashtags “#FindNaya” and “#PrayforNaya” continue to spread on Twitter, with Rivera’s friends, fans, and co-stars expressing their worry and sadness over the incident. They are pushing for her to be found.

Many fans’ tweets are long these lines: “Do not let this stop trending. Naya Rivera needs to be found. She’s a human being, she’s someone’s daughter, someone’s sister, and she’s the mother of a four year old boy who needs his mommy. Please find her.”

Another person wrote, “Praying to god naya rivera will be found safely. no kid deserves to grow up without a mother and i’m praying for her son and her loved ones. this is so sad.”

Demi Lovato shared a message on her Instagram Stories asking for prayers that Rivera is found “safe and sound.”

Rivera’s friend and Glee co-star Heather Morris also posted on Instagram, writing “We need all the prayers we can get to bring our Naya back home to us. We need your love and light.”

Rivera’s son Josey is safe

Four-year-old Josey Dorsey was reportedly asleep in the boat when he was found floating alone. He was wearing a life jacket but his mother’s life vest was still in the boat.

He is said to be in good condition and staying with relatives. Rivera shares her son with ex-husband, Ryan Dorsey. They were married for four years before finalizing their divorce in 2018.

According to NBC Los Angeles, Ventura County Deputy Chris Dyer stated that authorities are viewing this as an accident.

“I can’t make any sense of what happened. We just know that we found a 4-year-old on a boat, and he said that his mother never got back in. So, right now, we’re viewing this as a tragic accident.”

Investigators found Rivera’s purse and other personal items on the boat and at this point, divers are doing their best to locate her.