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Entertainment: Naya Rivera 'Loved Being a Mom' to Son Josey, Says Source: 'She Was Very Sweet'

‘Glee’ Actress Naya Rivera Presumed Dead; Recovery Tactics At Lake Shift – Update

  ‘Glee’ Actress Naya Rivera Presumed Dead; Recovery Tactics At Lake Shift – Update UPDATE, Saturday, 11 AM: The Ventura County Sheriffs Department is continuing its search today for Naya Rivera at Lake Piru. The murky and debris-strewn lake has made recovery efforts difficult for the search teams. The Tulare County Sheriffs and San Luis Obispo Sheriffs are also participating in the search for Rivera, who is presumed dead after diving off a boat into Lake Piru and never resurfacing.

While Naya Rivera's career was a priority, family and motherhood topped all.

Naya Rivera sitting on a suitcase: Naya Rivera and son Josey © CHRIS DELMAS/AFP via Getty Images Naya Rivera and son Josey

"You could tell she loved being a mom," a source close to Rivera, whose body was found Monday after a five-day search on Lake Piru in California, tells PEOPLE in this week's issue. "She was always so sweet."

"Back in the day, her life was all about her career," says another source close to Rivera during her time on Glee. "It was all about acting, singing, using her platform for equal rights, empowerment and anti-bullying."

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  Inside Naya Rivera's Legacy as an LGBTQ TV Trailblazer: 'Meant So Much to So Many Queer Women' Naya Rivera was reported missing on Wednesday after her 4-year-old son was found alone in a boat on a California lakeThe star was reported missing Wednesday after a trip to Lake Peru in Ventura County, California, with her 4-year-old son Josey (whom she shares with ex-husband Ryan Dorsey). Five days later, police recovered her body from the lake. She was 33.

"But her priorities shifted. She was working less not because she didn't want to work, but because her son came first," the latter insider shares.

Naya Rivera standing next to a suitcase: CHRIS DELMAS/AFP via Getty Images Naya Rivera and son Josey © Provided by People CHRIS DELMAS/AFP via Getty Images Naya Rivera and son Josey

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In November, Rivera opened up about her 4½-year-old son Josey Hollis, whom she shares with ex-husband Ryan Dorsey.

"I enjoy every minute of it," Rivera previously told PEOPLE at the Women's Guild Cedars-Sinai Annual Luncheon last year. "He is my best friend. I think that juggling work and being a mom, even if you are single or not, is always really challenging, but I cannot complain."

The former Glee star's body was found five days after she went missing during a boating trip in Ventura County, California, with Josey.

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At a news conference Monday afternoon, Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub recounted what Josey told authorities about the tragic accident at Lake Piru.

"We know from speaking with her son, that he and Naya swam in the lake together at some point during their journey. It was during that time that her son described being helped into the boat by Naya, who boosted him onto the deck from behind," the sheriff said.

"He told investigators that he looked back and saw her disappear under the surface of the water," Ayub added.

Naya Rivera wearing a dress: Amy Sussman/Getty Images Naya Rivera © Provided by People Amy Sussman/Getty Images Naya Rivera

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Ayub said that "there are a lot of currents on the lake that appear particularly in the afternoon" and that authorities believe she disappeared in the "mid-afternoon."

"The idea perhaps being that the boat started drifting, it was unanchored, and that she mustered enough energy to get her son back onto the boat, but not enough to save herself," Ayub said.

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The sheriff added that there is no evidence of foul play or suicide. An autopsy will be performed at the Ventura County Medical Examiner's Office, and the actress will be officially identified based on dental records.

Rivera was 33 at the time of her death.

a group of people in a boat on the beach: Al Seib/Los Angeles Times/Getty Glee cast at Lake Piru © Provided by People Al Seib/Los Angeles Times/Getty Glee cast at Lake Piru

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During the news conference, Ayub expressed his condolences to Rivera's loved ones during this heartbreaking time.

"As you can imagine, it has been an extremely difficult time for her family throughout this ordeal. As fathers, mothers, sons and daughters, our hearts are with them and we share in their grief for Naya's loss," he said. "We have been in direct contact with the family throughout this entire time, and we've kept them updated on the progress of our search efforts throughout."

"Our hearts also go out to Naya's many friends and fans, who have been holding out hope for the best over the last few days," Ayub added.

For more on Naya Rivera, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

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  Naya Rivera’s Body Was Found Shortly After Glee Costars ‘Prayed for Her’ at Lake’s Edge: Police The former Glee star was reported missing on Wednesday following an outing to Lake Piru with her young son Heather Morris and other Glee cast members were seen gathered together at Lake Piru on Monday, just hours before Rivera's body was found. "Some of her cast members from Glee came to the lake and they were allowed to come down to the water's edge, and they, as a group, they prayed for her," Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Kevin Donoghue tells PEOPLE.


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"To have a friend like her, even briefly, is to be blessed beyond belief," Chris Colfer wroteThe actor wrote a heartwarming essay for Variety, honoring Rivera for always making him "feel protected" while the two worked together on Glee, despite their constant sparring as their show characters Kurt Hummel and Santana Lopez.

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