Naya Rivera: Dead Body Found In California Lake, Drowned While Saving Her Son

Los Angeles Police Department found the body of “Glee” actress Naya Rivera in a Californian lake on Monday. The actress drowned last week during a boat trip with her four-year-old son. Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub told the press that no evidence of foul play or suicide was found upon Naya’s autopsy.

Medical Examiners confirmed that it was Naya Rivera’s body from her dental records. Also, no other missing person was reported at Lake Peru.

Naya Rivera was a 33-year-old actress. She was at the lake with her young son and the duo rented a boat. Naya surprisingly disappeared on Wednesday afternoon which leads to a massive search involving divers, patrol boats and helicopters. The authorities later found her son sleeping and drifting alone in a boat on the lake.

Naya Rivera and her son

Naya’s son told the authorities that she helped him into the boat and when he looked back, she disappeared under the surface of the water. Ayub said that the lake’s strong current might be the reason for the tragedy.

Search Operation for Naya Rivera

The lake is closed since Wednesday for the public. Around 100 personnel, including the US Coast Guard and rescuers from neighbouring counties, joined the search.

Search teams examined the video messaging calls footage that Rivera made from the boat before her disappearance. They also interviewed her son. The authorities scoured portions of the lake bed for Naya’s remains over six days with no success.

Search Operation for Naya Rivera

Ayub said that the body might have concealed within some of the shrubberies on the floor bed of the lake and eventually floated to the surface due to natural decomposition.

Ayub further added that with less than one foot (30 centimetres) of visibility underwater in daylight, the recovery operation was a “complex search effort” even with the use of sonar equipment.

Rivera was best known for her role as high school cheerleader Santana Lopez in “Glee.” She starred for six seasons in the wildly popular musical television series set in a US high school that ended in 2015.

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