On Wednesday morning, rescuers announced they have found a body in the Southern California lake, but necessary testing and investigation needed to be done before confirming the body was in fact the actresses.
“A body has been found at Lake Piru this morning. The recovery is in progress,” the Ventura Sheriff’s Office tweeted. The authorities did not confirm at the time the body was that of actress Naya Rivera and said a press news conference will take place at 2 pm at the lake.
But, according to reports, the body is in fact the ‘Glee’ star.
As we reported, a large team of trained divers and personnel searched the water and surrounding areas for the past 5 days looking for Rivera.
Authorities even launched underwater robots to search the bottom of the lake and shared a video of one of their ROV cameras coming across a dark object in the water which turned out to be a tree branch.
But, today Sheriff’s announced a body was found ‘floating’ in the northeast corner of the lake.
It has been 5 days since the ‘Glee’ actress went missing on the lake, and security footage showed her getting into a rented boat with her 4-year-old son. As we reported, her son was found floating in the boat alone with his mom nowhere to be found.
Ventura County Sheriff’s informed the public that in many cases it takes several days to find a drowning victim in this specific lake. Authorities said, in some cases, they don’t find the person at all.
According to multiple reports, Naya’s 4-year-old son told investigators his mother jumped in the water for a swim and never resurfaced.
Naya’s family joined rescue workers at the lake over the weekend and were overcome with emotion. Photos surfaced of her mother, Yolanda, kneeling on the boat dock with her arms raised to the sky. Plus, Naya’s father was seen running into the water in his clothing, as a search continued for his daughter.
As for how it happened, an officer from the search and rescue team explained, “The best thing that we can say that contributes to a lot of the drownings is when people go swimming and they are not wearing their life vests. And they jumped off the boat,” he told US Weekly.
He continued, “It doesn’t take much to get exhausted if you’re not in shape. Winds do kick up at that lake, and the boats start to get away and you are trying to go after that boat … you could get a leg cramp. If you are wearing a life vest, you could rest and someone can go back and pick you up, or call for help or something like that.”
2/2 Here’s an example of the underwater visibility at a 30-foot depth in Lake Piru. pic.twitter.com/YGNNUdmPQ4
— Ventura County Sheriff (@VENTURASHERIFF) July 11, 2020