In the footage shared on Thursday, July 9, Rivera, 33, and her son, 4, — whom she shares with ex-husband Ryan Dorsey — exited her Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon, departed the dock on a pontoon boat and headed north.
In Touch confirmed Rivera was reported missing on July 8 after Josey was found alone on the vessel in Ventura County, California.
“The son said they were in the water swimming together,” Ventura County Sheriff’s Office spokesman, Captain Eric Buschow, told In Touch. “He came up and got back up on the boat, but she did not. He was found on the boat by a passerby. He was found fast asleep on the boat by himself.” He added that “there is a high likelihood that the singer drowned.” On July 9, the official Twitter account for the sheriff’s office tweeted that the search for Rivera is now a “recovery effort.”
Buschow noted that it was windy that day, adding, “These big reservoirs, there is a lot that goes on. There are plenty of currents,” he said. “People drown in California lakes every year.”
Days before news broke of the incident, Rivera shared a cryptic message about death. “No matter the year, circumstance or strifes, every day you’re alive is a blessing. Make the most of today and every day you are given.” the singer captioned a selfie on social media on July 3. “Tomorrow is not promised.”
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