Naya Rivera has been confirmed dead after her unaccompanied four-year-old son was found alone on a rented boat on a lake in Southern California

Naya Rivera dead: Glee star's body found in lake

Naya Rivera dead: Glee star's body found in lake

Naya Rivera dead: Glee star's body found in lake

Naya Rivera dead: Glee star's body found in lake

Naya Rivera dead: Glee star's body found in lake
Naya Rivera dead: Glee star's body found in lake
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Naya Rivera has died at the age of 33.

The Glee actress was reported missing on Wednesday after her four-year-old son Josey was found alone on a boat on Lake Piru in Southern California.

On Monday morning the Ventura County Sheriff's department confirmed a body had been found in the lake and later that day confirmed it was Naya.

In a live press conference Sheriff Bill Ayub said police are "confident" it is Naya based on the location, physical characteristics and physical condition of the body.

They said there is no evidence of foul play or suicide.

Police said Josey saw his mother disappear into the water after she helped him on the boat.

Actress Naya Rivera has died at the age of 33

The Ventura County Sheriff's department responded to a call from a fellow boater at 4:48pm on Wednesday who had noticed a vessel drifting at the reservoir.

At around 1pm that day Naya had rented a pontoon to take her young son out on the waters of the national park.

Josey was wearing a life jacket by Naya's life jacket was still in the boat.

Speaking to reporters shortly after the body was found, Captain Eric Buschow said: "This is an area we've been searching really hard because we believe that's where she was last seen in the water.

According to TMZ, Josey's haunting words to authorities were that his mother had "jumped into the water but didn't come back up".

Police were pictured moving the body from a boat on the lake to a waiting van

Josey is said to be unharmed and taken into the care of family after being found by authorities.

After Naya's disappearance was reported, a team involving helicopters, divers and drones were deployed to the lake to search for the star.

Captain Eric Buschow, of the sheriff's department, said: "There’s a lot of challenges in a reservoir this size, at times with visibility."

He added: "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.

The actress' tragic last Instagram post shows her cuddled up to her son

"This is a big reservoir, it's deep, these kinds of things happen. We don't know all the circumstances. Investigators are working on that, getting as much information as possible."

As night fell on Wednesday, the search was called off to resume at "first light" the following day.

After the search was suspended, more than 10,000 people signed a petition to urge authorities to keep looking.

Naya's Mercedes G-Wagon was seen at the parking lot near where she hired the boat. According to Fox11 in Los Angeles, the actress' purse was still inside.

The tragic news came a day after Naya posted her final photograph to Instagram - a photo of her cuddled up to son Josey with the caption: "Just the two of us."

Nay's black Mercedes G Wagon was found at the parking lot with her purse inside

Naya shared custody of the boy with her ex husband Ryan Dorsey, who she divorced in 2018.

Naya found fame in Fox television series Glee, in which she played cheerleader Santana Lopez between 2009 and 2015.

On the back of her breakout role, Naya landed a recording contract with Columbia Records and released single Sorry in 2013 with rapper Big Sean.

Naya also has credits in several film roles including At the Devil's Door.

In 2016 she released her first memoir Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes and Growing Up.

Naya with former husband Ryan Dorsey, with whom she shared four-year-old Josey
Naya with son Josey Dorsey, pictured in February last year

After Naya's disappearance was reported, many of her Glee stars took to social media to share their support.

Harry Shum Jr., who played Mike Chang, simply wrote: "Praying".

Principal Figgins' actor Iqbal Theba then shared a link to a news article about Naya and wrote alongside it: "Oh God… mercy… please…"

Heather Morris, who starred as Brittany S. Pierce, posted to Instagram : "We need all the prayers we can get to bring our Naya back home to us.

"We need your love and light."

Naya Rivera shot to fame starring as Santana Lopez in Glee, pictured alongside Lea Michele who played Rachel Berry

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