‘Glee’ star Naya Rivera’s body recovered from California lake


Ventura County, Calif. (KTLA/News Nation) — The body of “Glee” actress Naya Rivera was found floating in Lake Piru Monday morning, days after she went missing and was presumed dead after her son was found alone in a rented boat.

“We are confident the body we found is that of Naya Rivera,” Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub said at an afternoon news briefing. 

Authorities concluded her remains had been discovered based on the location, clothing, physical characteristics and the physical condition of the body, as well as an absence of any other missing persons reports in the area, according to the sheriff. Dental records will be used to confirm the identity.

“As you can imagine, it’s 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 their grief for Naya’s loss,” the sheriff said.

Officials The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said there is no immediate indication of foul play or suicide in Rivera’s death. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.

“We had boat crews on the lake at first light this morning with divers, and they discovered the body floating,” Ventura County sheriff’s Capt. Eric Buschow told News Nation affiliate KTLA earlier Monday, not long after the body was discovered in the northeastern portion of the lake.

“This is an area where we’ve been searching very hard because we believe that’s where she was last seen in the water,” Buschow explained.

Crews had been searching the site since the 33-year-old actress disappeared in the lake north of Los Angeles on July 8.

Rivera’s 4-year-old son, who was found on a rented boat, told officers “his mom never made it out of the water,” after he and his mother went swimming, Sgt. Kevin Donoghue previously said.

The boat vendor found the child after the vessel failed to return following the three-hour rental period.

“Hopefully this provides some closure, whatever that means, for the family,” the captain said.

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