Naya Rivera’s disappearance NOT suicide cops believe after speaking to son, 4, about ‘tragic accident’ – The Sun

COPS do not believe Naya Rivera killed herself after listening to what her four-year-old son has to say about her disappearance.

They say on speaking with Josey they found absolutely no evidence to back up any suggestion the popular Glee star may have taken her own life.

The 33-year-old is presumed dead after vanishing from a boat on Lake Piru in Ventura County, California on Wednesday.

However, officials are now adamant her mystery disappearance is nothing more than a tragic accident.

Ventura County Sheriff's Office sergeant Kevin Donoghue told People: "We interviewed her son and there was nothing that we learned from her son that would have suggested that this was suicide.

"Everything that we’ve learned so far leads to this being some sort of water recreational accident.

"To say definitively what actually happened, we really can’t say. We just don’t know, it’s a mystery," he added.


"We’re still investigating, we’re still searching. We’re trying to uncover clues as we go.

"But so far, we really don’t have a lot of information to make any guesses as to what could have happened.”

He also said that it’s unclear whether Josey climbed back into the boat himself, or if Naya helped him back in.

He revealed: "I know she was in the water. I don’t know if she helped him back on the boat. That I don’t know.”

On Wednesday, Josey, was found alone sleeping on the adrift pontoon boat three hours after he and his mother set out on the water together around 1pm.

The little boy was spotted shortly before 5pm by a boat rental company worker, who alerted authorities.


Rescuers reached the little boy soon after with sources telling TMZ the child said that his mother had "jumped into the water but didn't come back up."

Her life jacket was reportedly still in the boat and Josey was asleep when the vessel was first found.

Divers searched the lake until nightfall, but were unable to find the actress, who starred in 113 episodes of the hit musical series Glee from 2009 to 2015.

The sheriff's office later said this "may well be a case of drowning."

The star's heartbroken family says they "wish" searchers could find the star so they can have some "closure".

The actress's devastated relatives, along with ex-husband Ryan Dorsey, the father of her only child, are now rallying around the little boy.


A man who identified himself as Josey's grandfather, believed to be Ryan's dad, 65-year-old Arnold Dorsey, was at her mother Yolanda's home in Valencia with the family on Friday. 

Visibly upset, he told The Sun: "We are sad, we just wish they could find her so we can have some closure."

Asked how her young son is coping, he replied: "We still have good days [with him], I can't make any other comment at this time."

On Thursday, officials switched their mission from search and rescue to a recovery operation.

The Lake Piru Recreation Area, located about 55 miles northwest of Los Angeles, features boat rentals, kayak, and paddleboarding.

The 1,200-acre reservoir with a 12-mile shoreline in Los Padres National Forest has been the site of numerous drownings over the years.

The tragic deaths include that of Naftoli Smolyansky, 39, who drowned after saving his five-year-old daughter who had fallen in.

Smolyansky was with his children the lake when his daughter fell off the boat, according to reports.

Steve White, a one time Ventura State Beach lifeguard supervisor, described the perils of the lake.

“Someone will come to the beach, maybe wade out a little, step into a deeper hole or get picked up in a rip current and they begin to panic,” he said.

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