The body of ‘Glee’ star, Naya Rivera, will be taken to the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy to be conducted, after being found in a lake in Southern California on Monday evening.
While an examination of dental records will cement that body is, in fact, Rivera, Ventura County Sheriff, Bill Ayub said they were “confident” it was the 33 year old actress, given the features, state of decomposition and considering there had been no other missing persons report in the area.
While the autopsy will also determine the exact cause of death, Sheriff Ayub said it appeared to be an accident. “Detectives from our major crimes bureau began working this case from the onset- their work on this case revealed there was no indication of foul play and no indication this was a suicide,” he said.
Rivera and her four year old son, Josey, had gone boating last Wednesday, July 8, where it is believed the woman got into some difficulty in the water.
The child was found asleep on the boat.
Her son told police investigators his mother had gone swimming but failed to return to the boat.
Rivera’s body was coincidentally found on the seventh anniversary that her “Glee” co-star,Cory Monteith, died of a drug overdose.
A search for missing ‘Glee’ star Naya Rivera is believed to have come to an end on Monday, as US police confirmed they found a body in a lake in Southern California, where the star was last seen alive.
Authorities have offered little details but said a news conference would be held on Monday evening.
33 year old Rivera and her four year old son had gone boating at Lake Piru last Wednesday; the child was found hours later asleep on the boat.
Rivera is best known for playing the cheerleader Santana Lopez in Glee, though she has long been in the spotlight, starring in the Royal Family sitcom on CBS at just four years old.
Her son, who she shared with ex-husband Ryan Dorsey, had told authorities the actress went for a swim but never returned to the boat.