After days of searching Lake Piru in California, authorities have found the body of 33-year-old Glee star Naya Rivera, who disappeared during a boat trip with son Josey.
“A body has been found at Lake Piru this morning,” the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department tweeted on Monday, July 13. “The recovery is in progress.”
A body has been found at Lake Piru this morning. The recovery is in progress. There will be a news conference at 2 pm at the lake
— Ventura Co. Sheriff (@VENTURASHERIFF) July 13, 2020
During a press conference on Monday, July 13 shortly after news broke that a body was found, Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub revealed the discovery.
“Today our search teams have recovered a body in the lake,” the Sheriff said. “Based on the location where the body was found, physical characteristics of the body, clothing found on the body and the physical condition of the body as well as the absence of any other persons missing in the area, we are confident the body we found is that of Naya Rivera.”
He continued, “She was found in the North Eastern portion of the lake near the surface of the water. The depth of the water in that area is between 35 and 60 ft deep and there is heavy brush and trees on the lake bed there.”
According to the Sheriff, there was not indication of foul play and there was no indication that this was a suicide. The body will be brought back to the lab and the identity will be confirmed by dental records.
On Wednesday (July 8,) the actress who played the role of tough girl Santana Lopez on Glee was reported missing after an boating outing with her son Josey Dorsey on Lake Piru in California. The actress rented a boat for a few hours on the lake. When the boat was not returned, that marina crew went out looking for the pontoon boat and found it with Naya’s 4-year-old son alone in his lifejacket. The actress was no where to be found.
The search for Naya continued by police and divers, eventually turning into a recovery mission.
Naya Marie Rivera was born in 1987 and began her career as a child actor in commercials. At 4-years old she landed the role of Hillary Winston the CBS sitcom The Royal Family. After appearing in guest spots throughout her career, it was the breakout role of Santana Lopez on the Fox series Glee in 2009, that thrust Naya into the spotlight. She held that role until 2015.
A woman of many talents, Naya also launched a solo music career, releasing a single “Sorry”, featuring rapper Big Sean, in 2013. Nayay became engaged to big Sean in 2013, only to end the engagement in 2014. She then reunited with ex Ryan Dorsey, whom she married in Cabo San Lucas in 2014. The couple then announced that they were expecting their first child, Josey Hollis, who was born September 2015.
Through the years, Naya dedicated her time to many causes including GLAAD, Stand Up to Cancer, The Trevor Project, The Elephant Project, and The Sunshine Foundation.
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The last photo that Naya shared on Instagram was a loving image of her and her son Josey with a caption that read, “just the two of us.”
Naya was 33.
Our hearts go out to Naya’s friends and family during this difficult time.