Police confirm body found in lake is that of Glee star Naya Rivera

A body found in the search for Naya Rivera is that of the Glee actress, police have confirmed.

The 33-year-old mother had been missing since Wednesday after disappearing while on a boating trip on Lake Piru in southern California with her four-year-old son.

He was found safe and well.

However police said he saw his mother disappear into the water after she helped him onto the boat reports the Mirror.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office announced on Monday a body had been found in the northern part of the lake and have now confirmed it is Rivera.

Naya’s mother Yolanda Rivera is seen prior to a press conference on Wednesday held for missing actress
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During a press conference, Sheriff Bill Ayub said they were“confident” the body found was hers.

There is no indication of foul play or that Rivera took her own life, he added.

Rivera is best known for playing the cheerleader Santana Lopez in the hugely popular musical comedy TV series Glee.

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The alarm was raised after the sheriff’s department responded to a call from a fellow boater at 4:48pm last Wednesday who had noticed a vessel drifting at the reservoir.

At around 1pm that day Naya had rented a pontoon to take her young son out on the waters of the national park.

Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub speaks during the press conference
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He was wearing a life jacket but Naya’s life jacket was still in the boat.

A team involving helicopters, divers and drones were deployed to the lake to search for the star.

Captain Eric Buschow said at that time: “This is a big reservoir, it’s deep, these kinds of things happen. We don’t know all the circumstances.

“Investigators are working on that, getting as much information as possible.”

As night fell on Wednesday, the search was called off to resume at “first light” the following day.

However more than 10,000 people signed a petition to urge authorities to keep looking.


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