LAKE PIRU (CBSLA) – The search for 33-year-old "Glee" actress Naya Rivera continued early Thursday morning after she disappeared on a lake in Los Padres National Forest in Ventura County on Wednesday afternoon.
Officials at the Ventura County sheriff's office now called it a search and restore operation.
According to the sheriff's office, Rivera rented a pontoon boat at around 1 p.m. Wednesday for herself and her 4-year-old son to head to Lake Piru, which is about 50 miles north of downtown Los Angeles.
About three hours later, another boater found her child sleeping alone in the boat. The boater notified officials who immediately used helicopters, drones, and diving teams to search for Rivera.
The child is said to have been unharmed and told investigators that he and his mother are swimming, but that his mother never got back on the boat.
It was not immediately clear how the child got back on the boat.
"There are many challenges in a reservoir of this size, sometimes with visibility," said Sheriff's Captain Eric Buschow. "I have no details yet about the depth of the area in which the boat was found or the conditions they encounter out there."
The vehicle in which Rivera and her son drove to Piru Lake was removed from the scene even though the boat remained in the water.
The authorities worked to reunite the child with family members on Wednesday evening.
The search for Rivera continued at dawn on Thursday, the sheriff's office reported. Diving teams from several local law enforcement agencies helped. The lake was closed during the search.
The missing person on Lake Puru was identified as Naya Rivera (33) from Los Angeles. SAR operation continues at the first light. @VCAirUnit @fillmoresheriff @Cal_OES pic.twitter.com/bC3qaZS3Ra
– Ventura Co. Sheriff (@VENTURASHERIFF) July 9, 2020
On Tuesday, Rivera shared a photo of her and her son on Twitter titled "Just the Two of Us".
only we two pic.twitter.com/wCunAlGJ1B
– Naya Rivera (@NayaRivera), July 7, 2020
On July 2, she tweeted, "No matter what year, under what circumstances, or in what difficulties you live every day, it's a blessing. Make the most of today and every day you get. Tomorrow is not promised. "
Rivera is best known for the hit series "Glee", in which she played along throughout her six-season run. She also appeared in "Devious Maids" and is currently on the show "Step Up: High Water".
Note: The authorities initially reported that the child was a 3-year-old girl, but later confirmed that the child is a 4-year-old boy.