THE search and rescue mission for actress Naya Rivera has become a recovery operation a day after she was reported missing in California.
Deputies with the Ventura County Sheriff's Office said Thursday afternoon they believed the 33-year-old Glee star's disappearance in California "may well be a case of drowning".
Police had hoped to find her alive, but the sheriff's office called the efforts to locate Rivera a search and recovery mission late Thursday morning, according to CBS Los Angeles.
Authorities believed she may have drowned after her young son was found alone on a rental boat.
Ventura County Sheriff's Capt Eric Buschow said Rivera hasn't been seen since she went swimming In Lake Piru with her four-year-old son Josey Hollis Dorsey on Wednesday afternoon.
"We're going on the belief that she did go in the water, and we have not been able to locate her," he told reporters.
"So this may well be a case of drowning."
Josey, whose father is Ray Donovan actor Ryan Dorsey, told police he got back on the boat after swimming but his mother didn't follow him.
Dive teams, a helicopter, and a drone were deployed in the resumed search for Rivera hours after the operation was momentarily suspended.
Deputies said on Thursday that Ventura County search and rescue and fire teams were also helping in the search.
"We're still hoping to find her alive. It's a search and rescue mission. We're searching the water and the shoreline," Deputy Chris Dyer told The Sun.
"Situations like this don't happen so often, but it has happened before. This happened on the north end of the lake."
Glee fans berated California law enforcement Thursday on Twitter for temporarily suspending overnight the search for the actress, who is Black, German, and Puerto Rican.
They claimed the search would have continued had Rivera not been a woman of color and compared her to her white former co-star Lea Michele.
"The lack of urgency around finding Naya Rivera is just another example of how little the system values the life of a woman of color. FIND NAYA," said Deborah Rivera.
"Naya Rivera is a mother, a family member, friend, daughter AND A HUMAN BEING," said Kat.
"Just because she's a woman of color doesn't mean u shouldn't search for her. Her son needs her please don't stop looking for her."
"The fact that they are trying to suspend the search is really dumb and irritating. NAYA RIVERA IS A WOMAN OF COLOR WITH A 4 YEAR OLD CHILD," said Jacob Jones.
"The world is watching and is highly disappointed."
The Sheriff's Office tweeted at 8:45am that the search at Lake Piru would continue.
"The lake will be closed to the public while search operations continue," deputies said.
Fans fear Rivera's disappearance is the latest tragedy of the "Glee curse".
At least two other ex-cast members have died from drug overdoses and suicide including her ex-boyfriend Mark Salling, who took his life in 2018 after being convicted of possessing child abuse images.
Actor Corey Monteith, who played Finn Hudson on the show, was found dead in his hotel room from a drug overdose in 2013.
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