The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said Monday that a body had been found on Lake Piru, where “Glee” actress Naya Rivera went missing on July 8.
Moments ago, the Ventura Co. Sheriff wrote:
At 2:00 pm we will be live streaming an update from Sherifff Ayub talking about the Naya Rivera missing person investigation on Facebook Live.
Earlier they wrote “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”
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
Yahoo reports Naya Rivera’s body has been recovered at Lake Piru, five days after the former Glee star went missing and was presumed dead. The 33-year-old actress didn’t return from a swimming excursion with her 4-year-old son, Josey Dorsey, on Wednesday, July 8. Investigators believe she drowned in what appears to be a “tragic accident.” However, the cause of death is still unknown.
During a press conference on Monday afternoon, Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub said they are “confident” the body found is Rivera’s.
“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 reported missing in the area, we are confident that the body we found is that of Naya Rivera,” he said.
The body was found floating in the northeastern part of the lake near the surface of the water at 9:10 a.m. PT on Monday near where Rivera disappeared. The area had been searched extensively by divers using sonar technology, but the search and recovery mission proved challenging due to difficult conditions.
“We believe she was concealed within some of the shrubbery on the floor bed of the lake,” Ayub explained. “The body looked as though it had been in the water for several days.”
An autopsy will be performed and dental records are expected to match.
Ayub said Rivera’s family members visited the lake every day since her disappearance. On Monday, they were joined by some of the Glee cast.