Naya Rivera’s ‘Glee’ Co-Star Heather Morris Wants To Organize Search Team To Find Her

Written by on July 12, 2020

“Glee” star Heather Morris is providing to “assist in any method” within the ongoing search to search out Naya Rivera, who disappeared 5 days in the past throughout a lake journey together with her younger son. 

Morris contacted the Ventura County Sheriff’s Workplace amid the continuing restoration efforts to find Rivera, who authorities mentioned is presumed useless after a “tragic accident.”

“My title is Heather Morris. I’m Naya’s shut good friend and co-worker, and I’m attempting to conduct an on-foot search and rescue mission together with a small group of pals at Lake Piru,” Morris wrote on Twitter Saturday in response to a tweet from authorities concerning the search operation “winding down” for the evening. 

“I perceive your workforce is doing EVERYTHING of their energy, however we’re feeling helpless, powerless and wish to assist in any method,” she mentioned. “I’ve left a message with the division of Rescue and Air immediately, and I’ll name once more tomorrow. Thanks.”

Searchers are combing Lake Piru, the place Rivera went lacking Wednesday afternoon after she rented a ship and went for an outing together with her 4-year-old son, Josey. When the 2 didn’t return to shore, staff of the boat stand discovered Josey alone within the boat together with his lifejacket on hours later.

Morris and Rivera starred collectively on the Fox musical comedy for years as cheerleaders Brittany Pierce and Santana Lopez, who turned a fan-favorite couple over the sequence’ six-season run.

The 2 have stayed shut for the reason that present wrapped in 2015, bonding over the expertise of elevating younger sons and steadily exhibiting help for one another on social media. Final yr, Morris and Rivera reunited with their fellow “Glee” alums Jenna Ushkowitz and Kevin McHale on a trivia podcast to replicate on their favourite moments from the sequence.

Naya Rivera (left) and Heather Morris arrive at the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards in 2011.

Naya Rivera (left) and Heather Morris arrive on the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards in 2011.

On Thursday, Morris mentioned she is refusing to surrender on the restoration efforts, expressing hope for Rivera’s secure return. 

“It’s so arduous to wrap your head round one thing unknown,” Morris instructed E! Information in a press release. “I’m holding on to hope that the rescuers will convey Naya dwelling in a swift and speedy restoration. I do know she would remind me in moments like this that God has a plan for every little thing, and though we could not know that that plan is, we have to hold our chin up and keep robust.”

Rivera’s different “Glee” co-stars have additionally spoken out in current days, rallying their followers to hope that she’s discovered alive. 

“Love and hug on the folks you’ll be able to, when you can. I like you. Everybody, please ship out your prayers,” Chord Overstreet wrote on Twitter after the information broke. In the meantime, Harry Shum Jr. tweeted, “Praying.” 

Demi Lovato, who appeared in a handful of episodes as Rivera’s love curiosity, tweeted on Thursday night, “I don’t tweet usually however typically my tweets come true so, collectively let’s manifest on twitter that Naya might be discovered secure and sound!! Come on y’all! Let’s put this vitality on the market: they’ll discover her wholesome and alive!!”

Authorities didn’t publicly reply to Morris’ message, however they’ve been sharing updates repeatedly concerning the seek for Rivera.

A number of of Rivera’s members of the family are on-site on the California lake, becoming a member of about 100 folks from a number of companies — together with divers with underwater sonar and robots — who’re looking for Rivera, a sheriff’s spokesperson confirmed Saturday.

“Sadly, they didn’t find Naya Rivera. They’re nonetheless looking,” sheriff’s Capt. Eric Buschow mentioned Friday in a information convention. He added: “We don’t know if she’s going to be discovered 5 minutes from now or 5 days from now.”

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