The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department said they began searching for her at the reservoir at around 1pm on Wednesday after she and her son, Josey Dorsey, failed to return a rental boat to the facilities after the three hours she paid for expired. When the staff found the boat, they discovered her 3-year-old son was alone wearing a life jacket.
Sheriff’s Department Cpt. Dean Worthy told The Los Angeles Times that investigators arrived at the scene around 4:40 p.m. and found a toddler “unharmed,” but were still searching for the mother, who was nowhere to be found.”
Authorities believe Rivera to be ‘presumed drowned’ and a search has been launched to locate her body, according to Captain Eric Buschow, a spokesman for the Venture County Sheriff’s Office.
Buschow said her 4-year-old son was found sleeping on the boat by himself by other boaters in the lake.
“He’s in good health. The boy was initially reported by authorities to be a 3-year-old girl. The family is going through a very traumatic time right now.” Buschow said
Search operation is currently ongoing to find her, dead or alive.