Body Of Naya Rivera Recovered From California Lake
Authorities in California said Monday they recovered a body from Lake Piru, where actress-singer Naya Rivera went missing five days earlier.
Police have scheduled a press conference for 5 pm ET.
According to KTLA, the body was discovered floating in the northeastern part of the lake shortly after 9 am local time.
Rivera, best known for her role as Santana Lopez on the musical series Glee, is presumed to have drowned on July 8.
The 33-year-old and her 4-year-old son Josey were swimming on the lake, about an hour northwest of Los Angeles, when she went missing. A boater found Josey – Rivera’s son with ex-husband Ryan Dorsey – alone on a pontoon boat she had rented earlier in the day. Her life jacket was on the boat.
Police conducted daily searches of the lake and surrounding shorelines as conspiracy theories about her disappearance circulated on social media and fans, family members and at least one Glee co-star vowed to conduct searches.
“For those intent on searching for Naya Rivera on your own, 1. The lake is closed. 2. Temps are already in the 90’s. 3. The terrain around the lake is very steep and rugged,” tweeted the Ventura County Sheriff on Sunday. “Our teams are well equipped and highly trained. We don’t want to have to rescue you.”
Last Tuesday, Rivera tweeted a photo of her and Josey that she captioned: “Just the two of us.” A few days earlier, in an Instagram post, she wrote: “Make the most of today and every day you are given. tomorrow is not promised."
Rivera is featured on many of the chart-topping singles from the Glee soundtrack and released her own single, “Sorry” ft. Big Sean in 2013. She twice won Favourite Female Music Artist at the ALMA Awards, which recognize American Latino talent.
Rivera’s Glee co-star, Canadian actor Cory Monteith, died in 2013 of a drug overdose inside a Vancouver hotel room. He was 31. Glee star Mark Salling took his own life in 2018 after being convicted on child pornography charges. He was 35.
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