Ventura County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed that a body was found on Monday morning, July 13, at the lake where Naya Rivera went missing.
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed that a body was found on Monday morning, July 13, at the lake where Naya Rivera went missing. The recovery is in progress and an identification has not yet been made, according to officials. A press conference is set for Monday afternoon at 2 p.m. PST.
All hands are on deck as the search for Naya Rivera continues.
It’s been less than a week since the Glee alum disappeared. On Wednesday, July 8, the Ventura, Calif. police department confirmed Rivera was missing after her 4-year-old son was found alone on the boat she rented during an afternoon outing at Lake Piru.
The following day, authorities stated the actress was presumed dead and revealed they shifted her search to a “recovery mission.” Since news broke about Rivera’s disappearance, law enforcement has used “many resources” to find the 33-year-old star.
“Divers continue the search for Naya Rivera this afternoon at Lake Piru,” the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department tweeted on Sunday afternoon.
Speaking to E! News, Capt. Eric Buschow shared more insight into the Glee star’s investigation, including how Rivera’s son has helped the case, what law enforcement believes occurred and more.
“We are confident, based on the circumstances, she was not a victim of foul play. There is no indication of this being an abduction or a homicide,” Buschow analyzed. “There is also nothing to indicate it was a suicide either.”
Buschow said he hopes that once they find the actress’ body, an autopsy will provide some answers. “At the point that she’s found… depending on what the autopsy results are, that may provide some clarity as to what took place,” he said. “But it appears that this was just a tragic accident.”
What law enforcement does know, according to Buschow, is that Rivera “went north on the lake.”
“She never went to the south-side of the lake. We know that from surveillance cameras…,” he explained. “The boat never came back to the south, so the focus of the search has been to the north and to the north-east side of the lake.”