The Ventura County Police (California, USA) confirmed on Monday the death of actress Naya Rivera after identifying her body in the lake where she disappeared last Wednesday when she went sailing with her son.
County Sheriff Bill Ayub explained at a press conference that “they trust” that the body found corresponds to the actress “based on the location where it was found, the characteristics of the clothing and the physical condition.”
On Monday morning, as the sixth search day began, authorities announced that they had sighted a body near the surface that was not wearing a life jacket and that they later identified as Rivera’s, whom they had been searching for since Wednesday in a lake. north of Los Angeles.
According to the sheriff, there is no indication of “a criminal act or suicide,” so the main hypothesis remains an unfortunate accident.
She rented a pleasure boat with her 4-year-old son
Rivera, of Puerto Rican origin and popular for appearing in the television series “Glee”, rented a pleasure boat with her 4-year-old son in the early afternoon but when neither of them returned, a second boat located the minor alone. and asleep on the boat in a life jacket.
From that moment on, there was an emergency call after which more than 80 professionals have tried to rescue -the first few hours- and recover -thereafter- the body in an operation for which divers, drones and a sonar were used. sweep given poor visibility under water in the body of water.
Although the causes for which Rivera died by drowning are unknown, the Police have the testimony of the minor, who was unharmed and said that he went swimming with her mother, who was not wearing a vest and never returned.
They located an unused adult-sized life jacket on the boat, and the security cameras of the Piru Lake, a 500-hectare reserve, recorded the moment when mother and son left on the boat, something they had previously done.
“She had experience sailing on this lake,” said a Ventura sergeant days ago.
The lake where Rivera disappeared into the Los Padres National Forest, a popular recreational area 90 kilometers from Los Angeles that is visited by numerous visitors to sail, do water sports and organize camping trips.
However, the vegetation and the depth of the waters made searching difficult and made it impossible for divers to work at night.
Farewell to her family and colleagues in “Glee”
Precisely, on Monday morning several of the castmates in the television series “Glee” joined with the actress’s relatives to pray for the actress on the shore of the lake.
Rivera became a very popular face on television for her role as Santana López in that musical series (2009-2015), which quickly became a mass phenomenon.
Who is Naya Rivera?
The 33-year-old actress became famous for her role as Santana López in the television series “Glee” from 2009 to 2015.
According to IMDB, Rivera was born on January 12, 1987 in Valencia, California.
she is of Puerto Rican descent. As she said in the show “The View” in 2015, “my mom is half Puerto Rican, half black.”
Naya Rivera: 5 series of which she was part
she began her television career in the series “The Royal Family” from 1991 to 1992, and also appeared in the popular “Family Matters” for three chapters, IMDB review.
Most recently she participated in the series “Step Up: High Water”, where she played Collette Jones from 2018 to 2019.
In 2014, she married actor Ryan Dorsey, three months after ending her engagement to rapper Big Sean. The couple had a son. In 2017, Rivera was arrested and faced charges of a domestic violence misdemeanor, after an altercation with her then-husband.
The charges were dismissed in 2018 and the same year they divorced.
In 2016, Rivera published her memoirs in a book called “Sorry Not Sorry”, in which he revealed that she had suffered anorexia when she was young and that she also aborted while acting in “Glee”.