Police sources confirmed to TMZ that the body found was Rivera. Confirmation of her death comes on July 13, which is also the 7th anniversary of another former Glee star’s death, the late Cory Monteith.
This VCSO update comes six days after the Glee actress, 33, was first reported missing and presumed dead on July 8, after her son, Josie, 4, was found asleep on their rented pontoon boat in Lake Piru, California. Rivera’s vehicle, a black Mercedes G Wagon, was found in the parking lot with her purse inside. A press conference concerning the body found on Monday will be held at Lake Piru at 2 p.m. local time, the VCSO shared on Twitter.
Today's search for Naya Rivera has concluded. The operation will continue Monday morning. pic.twitter.com/YZ3TTqhOUI
— Ventura Co. Sheriff (@VENTURASHERIFF) July 13, 2020
Ryan Dorsey, made his way to Lake Piru where his ex wife #NayaRivera went missing. Today marks the 5th day since her disappearance
Her father was seen swimming in the lake to look for his daughter as well pic.twitter.com/fpYklJr23I
— GlockTopickz (@Glock_Topickz) July 12, 2020
On July 8, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said they responded to a report of the toddler alone on a boat around 4:48 p.m. local time, NBC Los Angeles reported. Officers on the scene found Josey, who, according to TMZ, is unharmed and now with family members.
Rivera’s Lifejacket Was Found on the Boat & Her Son Told Deputies That ‘Mom Jumped in the Water but Did Not Come Back Up’
The Devious Maids actress’ lifejacket was found on the boat, according to TMZ. Her son told deputies that “his mom had jumped in the water… but did not come back up.”
Divers continue the search for Naya Rivera this afternoon at Lake Piru. This is day 5 of the search and recovery effort. She disappeared Wednesday afternoon while swimming in the lake. pic.twitter.com/3etxZ3ycpN
— Ventura Co. Sheriff (@VENTURASHERIFF) July 12, 2020
Reporter Rebecca Lewis tweeted at 10:38 p.m. local time on July 8, “Authorities have suspended their search for the night at Lake Piru in Ventura County and plan to resume on Thursday.”
On Thursday, July 9, the VCSO reported more than 80 people were involved in the search for Rivera. Authorities said it typically takes seven to 10 days for a body to rise to the surface. The Los Angeles Times reported that numerous people have gone missing on Lake Piru over the years. Between 1994 and 2000, the Times reported seven people drowned in the body of water where Rivera went missing.
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Expanded Their Search to Include Nearby Cabins
On July 12, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office tweeted that they had expanded the search for Rivera to include the surrounding area of Lake Piru. They tweeted, “In today’s search for Naya Rivera, cabins and outbuildings in the surrounding area will be checked once again, as well as the shoreline. This has been part of the ongoing search effort since her disappearance on Wednesday afternoon. Boat crews continue to scan the lake.”
Rivera’s Loved Ones Have Been Distraught While Waiting for Updates & Praying for a Miracle That She’d Be Found Alive
— D҉E҉A҉N҉©️ (@DEANJC02) July 13, 2020
Rivera’s family, friends and fans have been distraught while waiting for an update on Rivera’s disappearance, praying for a miracle that she would be found alive. The actress’ loved ones had been reeling as divers worked to locate Rivera’s body.
— Courtney Davis (@cocothebozo) July 13, 2020
“Nobody has heard anything,” a source close to Rivera told People on Thursday. “Everybody is in a wait-and-see pattern and trying to figure out exactly what happened.”