Officials have found the remains of former Glee actress, Naya Rivera, 33, who disappeared six days ago at Lake Peru, located in Ventura County in southern California, after renting a boat with her 4-year-old son.
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said during a press conference Monday that her body was discovered floating in the northeast area of the lake where the water is between 35 and 60 feet deep.
“We are confident the body we found is that of Naya Rivera,” Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub said, adding “there is no indication of foul play or that this was a suicide.”
The body is being taken to Ventura County Coroner’s Office, where it will be identified through dental records, he said, adding that authorities have been in direct contact with her family.
“Her family has been at the lake everyday holding out hope and communicating with our investigators,” Ayub said.
Rivera’s son told rescuers he and his mother had gone into the water to swim, but she did not get back on the boat. He told investigators he then looked back and saw her disappear under the surface of the water, Ayub said. Swimming is allowed at the lake.
“There are a lot of currents on the lake that appear typically in the afternoon,” Ayub said. “We believe it was mid-afternoon when she disappeared, the idea being that the boat started drifting, it was unanchored and that she mustered enough energy to get her son back onto the boat, but not enough to save herself.”
The actress is best known for her role as Santana Lopez on the Fox show “Glee,” which quickly won critical acclaim after debuting in 2009. She appeared in nearly every episode of the beloved musical-comedy-drama, which ended in 2015.