Naya Rivera's Loved Ones 'in Disbelief' over Disappearance, Source Says: 'Her Son Comes First'

The Glee actress was reported missing after a trip to Lake Piru in Ventura County, California with her 4-year-old son, Josey Dorsey

Naya Rivera's family and friends are desperate for answers after the Glee actress disappeared during a boating trip with her son on Wednesday.

“Nobody has heard anything," a source, who was close to the actress during her time on the hit FOX series, tells PEOPLE. "Everybody is in a wait-and-see pattern and trying to figure out exactly what happened.”

The source caught up with Rivera just a few weeks ago. "She seemed happy, busy ... just kind of living life," the source says.

Rivera, 33, was reported missing after a trip to Lake Piru in Ventura County, California, with her 4-year-old son, Josey Dorsey. The pair rented a pontoon boat and were swimming in the water Wednesday afternoon.

Naya Rivera; Josey Hollis Dorsey
Naya Rivera and son Josey. CHRIS DELMAS/AFP via Getty Images

The source noted that Rivera's number-one focus was being a doting mother to Josey, whom she shares with ex-husband Ryan Dorsey. Most recently, the actress starred in three seasons of the YouTube Red series Step Up: High Water.

"Back in the day, her life was all about her career. It was all about acting, singing, using her platform for equal rights, empowerment, anti-bullying – I think her priorities have shifted," the source says. "Her working less isn’t because she doesn’t want to work, but she’s a mom. Her son comes first. That’s apparent in everything she’s posted and done. Everything is about her son.”

Naya Rivera as Santana Lopez.

After the boat was overdue for return after the three-hour rental, staff at the lake found it at the north side of the body of water with Josey sleeping aboard.

The search for Rivera has shifted from a rescue mission to a recovery one, with the California native presumed dead, authorities announced Thursday.

"Everybody is in disbelief," the source says.

As a team of police and divers work to locate the actress, Rivera's friends and former co-stars are calling for prayers that she's found soon.

Heather Morris, who played Rivera's love interest on the musical comedy series, wrote on her Instagram Story: "We need all the prayers we can get to bring our Naya back home to us. We need your love and light 🙏🙏"

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