A body recovered from a lake in California is that of missing “Glee” actress Naya Rivera, officials said on Monday (July 13).
“We are confident the body we found is that of Naya Rivera,” Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub told a news conference on the shore of Lake Piru near Los Angeles.
Her body was recovered near the surface of the water in an area where the boat had gone missing that was 35 to 60 feet deep (11-18 m) and with heavy brush and trees underwater, Ayub said.
He said Rivera’s family had been informed and the body had been taken to the medical examiner’s office for an autopsy and formal identification by dental records.
Rivera, 33, was presumed drowned after going missing on Wednesday (July 8). She had rented a boat on Lake Piru with her four-year-old son, Josey, who was found unharmed.
Rivera’s son, discovered alone and sleeping, told authorities he and his mother had both gone swimming in the lake, a recreational reservoir about 50 miles (80.47 km) north of downtown Los Angeles.
“There is no indication this was foul play and no indication this was a suicide,” Ayub said.
Ayub said it was not clear what happened but that Rivera’s son had told investigators his mother pushed him back into the boat but did not get back in herself.
Rivera was not wearing a life vest.
“Glee” has had its fair share of tragedies with actor Cory Monteith, who played football player Finn on the show, dying of a drug overdose in 2013, and Mark Salling, who played Puck, committing suicide in 2018 after he pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography. (Reuters)
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