On July 8, actress Naya Rivera was reported missing after failing to return from a boat trip with her 4-year-old son, Josey Dorsey, on Lake Piru in Ventura County, California. After an extensive rescue search for Rivera that lasted two days, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department shifted their efforts from a rescue mission to a recovery mission. On July 13, it was confirmed by the Sheriff’s department that Naya Rivera has been found. Rivera’s team and the Ventura County Sheriff’s department did not immediately respond to Elite Daily’s request for comment.
On the morning of Monday, July 13, the Ventura County Sheriff’s department announced they found a body at Lake Piru in a statement on Twitter. "A body has been found at Lake Piru this morning. The recovery is in progress," the statement read. They did not initially confirm the body was that of Rivera, but TMZ reported it was. The sheriff’s department announced they would hold a 5 p.m. EST press conference to share more details.
The Ventura County Sheriff’s department revealed they notified Rivera’s family and the medical examiner’s office of the body found in Lake Piru, according to a KTLA interview with Capt Eric Buschow Monday morning. "When you have a situation like this and it ends up being a recovery, it’s hard for everybody involved. I can’t even imagine what it’s like for the family," Buschow said in a live interview with KTLA Monday morning. "Hopefully this provides some level of closure, whatever that means, for the family."
During the press conference, which was livestreamed on Facebook, Ventura County Sheriff’s department said that, based on an intial examination of the location where the body was found, and her physical characteristics, they’re confident it’s Rivera. They also said there is no indication of foul play or suicide.
The news comes five days since Rivera went missing. KTLA aired footage of Rivera’s family and friends meeting on the shore of Lake Piru earlier Monday morning.
The Ventura County Sheriff’s department said they will further confirm Rivera’s identity following a detailed autopsy.
Rivera was 33 years old and is survived by her son, Josey.
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