The body was recovered early on Monday. Rivera, 33, was presumed drowned after going missing on Wednesday last week after renting a boat on Lake Piru with her four-year-old son, Josey, who was found unharmed.
Ayub said no foul play was suspected. He said Rivera's family had been informed and the body had been taken to the medical examiner's office for an autopsy and formal identification by dental records. "There is no indication this was foul play and no indication this was a suicide," Ayub said.
- Today, our search teams have recovered a body in the lake. Based on the location where the body was found, physical characteristics of the body, clothing found on the body, and the physical condition of the body, as well as the absence of any other persons reported missing in the area, we are confident the body we found is that of Naya Rivera. She was found in a northeastern portion of the lake near the surface of the water. The depth of the water in that area is between 35 and 60-feet deep, and there's heavy brush and trees on the lakebed there.
As you can imagine, it has been an extremely difficult time for her family throughout this ordeal. As fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters, our hearts are with them and we share in their grief for Naya's loss. We've been in direct contact with the family throughout this entire time, and we've kept them updated on the progress of our search efforts throughout.
Our hearts also go out to Naya's many friends and fans who have been holding out hope for the best over the past few days. 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.
On July 8, 2020-- last Wednesday-- Naya Rivera came to Lake Piru and rented a pontoon boat at the dock. She and her 4-year-old son left the dock at approximately 1 PM and headed toward the northern portion of the lake. We identified specific areas they visited that day by looking at the shoreline features of the background of FaceTime videos when she was chatting with family members while out on the lake.
We know from speaking with her son that he and Naya swam in the lake together at some point during their journey. It was during that time that her son described being helped into the boat by Naya, who boosted him onto the deck from behind. He told investigators that he looked back and saw her disappear under the surface of the water.
The young boy was wearing a life vest when he was found, and he was wrapped in a towel. An adult-sized life vest was found on the boat.