Editors Note: This article was originally published on July 9, 2020. It was updated on July 13, 2020, after authorities announced a body was recovered from Lake Piru.
According to California authorities, Naya Rivera’s body has been recovered from Lake Piru. Earlier this morning The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department tweeted their discovery, stating, “A body has been found at Lake Piru this morning. The recovery is in progress.” The announcement comes after an extensive search for the 33-year-old, who was reported missing on Wednesday, July 8, after her 4-year-old son, Josey, was found alone on a motorized pontoon boat they had rented at the lake.
The boy had told authorities that he and his mom were swimming but the mother never got back on the boat. The boy was wearing a life vest, and authorities found another life jacket along with Rivera’s purse and ID inside the boat. Rivera married actor Ryan Dorsey in Cabo San Lucas in July 2014, but filed for divorce in 2018 and had been sharing custody of Josey.
Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub stated they are “confident” the body belongs to the actress due to where it was found, its physical characteristic, and clothing. Her body was found in the northeastern portion of the lake near the surface. The body will now be taken to the medical examiner’s office where experts will conduct a formal autopsy. Rivera was best known for her role on the TV show Glee, where she was nominated for a Grammy in 2010 as part of the case who sang their own rendition of Don’t Stop Belivin’ by Journey. She also won a People’s Choice Award, several Alma Awards, and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
Below is information that was published before the new updated information was included.
The search for 33-year-old actress Naya Rivera was set to continue this Thursday morning after she went missing Wednesday afternoon on a lake in Los Padres National Forest in Ventura County. According to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, Rivera, who is known for her work on “Glee,” rented a pontoon boat for herself and her 4-year-old son to take out onto Lake Piru. The lake is located 50 miles north of downtown Los Angeles. Around three hours later, another boater found the child asleep in the boat by himself.
The boater then notified officials, who immediately began searching for Rivera with the use of drones, helicopters, and dive teams. The boy was luckily unharmed and told investigators that he and the “Glee” star were swimming, but his mom never got back on the boat. It’s still not clear how the child was able to get back into the boat. The boy was wearing his life vest, but an adult life vest had been left behind.
Ventura Co. Sheriff’s Capt. Eric Buschow released as a statement, noting, “There’s a lot of challenges in a reservoir this size, at times with visibility. I don’t have details yet as to the depth of the area where the boat was found or what conditions they’re encountering out there.” Rivera’s vehicle her and her son traveled to Lake Piru was removed from the scene, but the boat remained in the water.
Just five days before the incident, Rivera shared a chilling message on her social media, stating, “No matter the year, circumstance, or strife everyday you’re alive is a blessing. Make the most of today and every day you are given. tomorrow is not promised.” According to Buschow, Rivera is presumed to be dead.
Rivera is best known for playing Santana Lopez on Fox’s “Glee” for six-year from 2009, appearing in almost every episode of the musical comedy-drama. She also started on CBS sitcom “The Royal Family” and in “The Master of Disguise.” Several celebrities, including “Glee” co-stars, have taken to social media to their concern, asking for prayers for her family members.