The Ventura Sheriff’s Office has announced they recovered a body in Lake Piru on Monday, July 13 but has yet to confirm if it’s Naya Rivera. The “Glee” actress went missing on Wednesday, July 8 after swimming in the lake with her four-year-old son. Search efforts have proven tough due to the “difficult conditions” of the water. Over the weekend, authorities, as well as trained divers, searched the water and nearby cabins looking for the 33-year-old star. Taking to Twitter, the police department in charge of the search announced the news fans have been hoping for.
“A body has been found at Lake Piru this morning. The recovery is in progress,” the Ventura Sheriff’s Office tweeted out. They have not confirmed if the body has been identified as Naya Rivera but are holding a press conference at 2 PM to give further details.
It’s been five days since Naya Rivera was last seen. The actress was caught on CCTV at the boat dock renting a platoon with her toddler. The images on the footage are the last anyone saw of Naya Rivera alive.
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 County Sheriff (@VENTURASHERIFF) July 13, 2020
Her son was found alone on the boat and he informed officials that he was swimming with his mom and she dove back in but never came up. This weekend proved a difficult one for Naya Rivera’s family as her mother, father, and brother arrived to the site of the search.
The emotions proved too much to bear for Naya Rivera’s mother when she arrived at the boat dock on Saturday, July 11. Pictures circulated showing Yolanda Rivera falling to her knees on the dock with her arms wide open.
Naya Rivera’s father showed up with his son on Sunday, July 12 and video showed him running into the lake as the search continued. The actress’ “Glee” co-star Heather Morris tweeted at Ventura Sheriff’s Office asking if she and a few others could help with the search. Authorities later deterred civilians from helping with search efforts as temperatures scorched over the weekend and they didn’t want to add anyone else to their potential victims list.
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. Our teams are well equipped and highly trained. We don’t want to have to rescue you.
— Ventura County Sheriff (@VENTURASHERIFF) July 12, 2020