Body of Naya Rivera Found at California Lake, Authorities Say

Investigators on Monday were “confident” they had found the body of Naya Rivera, a star in the series “Glee,” almost a week after she was reported missing at a lake in California, the authorities said.

In the days since Ms. Rivera, 33, went missing on July 8 at Lake Piru, search teams from agencies throughout the state had scoured the lake, using helicopters, A.T.V.s, boats, drones, dogs and diving gear.

Ms. Rivera, a star in the series “Glee,” and her 4-year-old son were the only people on a pontoon she had rented at Lake Piru when they went out on the water last week, according to a security video released by the sheriff’s office. The video showed them arriving at the dock in a dark S.U.V., walking to the marina and then heading north on the boat on the lake.

When the 20-foot boat did not return on time the afternoon of July 8, workers from the dock began searching for it, Sgt. Kevin Donoghue of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said on Thursday.

Another boater found the boy, alone and wearing a life jacket, asleep on the boat at 4 p.m. that day. A second life jacket was also found in the boat.

The boy told investigators that he and his mother had been swimming in the lake and that he got back in the boat but she did not, according to the sheriff’s office.

Sergeant Donoghue said the next day that the boat was found in the northern part of the lake, in an area where the water is about 30 feet deep. Search efforts had been hampered by limited water visibility of less than a foot during the day, and trees and debris under the surface.

The search-and-rescue mission shifted into a search-and-recovery effort as the day wore on. The authorities said they believed Ms. Rivera had accidentally drowned.



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