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Authorities Confirm the Death of Naya Rivera, 33

Naya Rivera (Photo: by GIO_LE/Shutterstock.com)

(Photo: by GIO_LE/Shutterstock.com)


UPDATE 14/07: Authorities have confirmed the death of mother and actress Naya Rivera. 

Her body was recovered this morning in Lake Piru where she was last seen on July 8. She was reported missing after her 4-year-old son, Josey was found floating alone in a boat they had rented that day.

The Ventura County Sherriff’s department has held a news conference confirming the devastating news and explaining that Josey told them Naya helped him back into the boat after they went for a swim on the lake but then disappeared under the water:

Josey is now in the care of family.

The news comes on the 7th anniversary of the death of fellow Glee star Cory Monteith.


UPDATE 13/07: There is still sadly no sign of Naya Rivera. The Ventura County Sherriff’s department are now in their fifth day of searches.

They have responded to requests from the public, include Naya’s Glee co-star Heather Morris, wanting to conduct searches on their own however advise against anyone entering the lake:

UPDATE 12/07: The search for Naya Rivera continues for a fourth day. The Ventura County Sherriff has provided no further details today. 

UPDATE 11/07: Teams are now in their third day of operations trying to find Naya Rivera.  As of yesterday the operation has been a recovery mission rather than a search and rescue. 

The Ventura County Sherriff’s department says “today’s search at Lake Piru involves use of sophisticated sonar equipment in th eeffort to locate Naya Rivera.”

They are also being assisted by personnel from Tulare County and Los Angeles County Sherriff’s offices as well as the United States Coast Guard.

UPDATE 10/07: Authorities have released security camera footage from the Lake Piru boat launch where Naya Rivera and her son rented a boat as well as the 911 call made to authorities after her 4-year-old son Josey was found by himself:


UPDATE 10/07: The search for Naya Rivera has now transitioned to a “recovery mission.” Here is the full statement from Captain Eric Buschow of the Ventura County Sherriff:

“The search for a missing Los Angeles actress has turned into a recovery mission as of Thursday morning. ⁣

Naya Rivera rented a boat at the lake Wednesday afternoon and went for an excursion with her four-year-old son. The boat was found drifting in the northern portion of the lake with the child alone and asleep on board. Rivera’s son told investigators that he and his mother had been swimming in the lake and he got back in the boat but Rivera did not. ⁣

Approximately 50 sherriff’s personnel along with a helicopter, boat crews, divers and unmanned aerial vehicles searched the lake for five hours Wednesday evening, but Rivera could not be found. The entire shoreline and surface of the lake were thoroughly searched. Divers also searched under water in the area where the boat had last been seen. However there was no sign of Rivera. The search was suspended 10.00pm Wednesday night due to zero visibility in the water and dangerous conditions for the divers. ⁣

The search resumed Thursday morning with divers experiencing less than one foot of visibility in the water in the daylight. The difficult conditions have made the recovery operation a very slow process. The Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department is assisting in the search with divers and sonar equipment. Approximately 100 personnel are participating in the mission on Thursday including resources from neighbouring counties and the United States Coast Guard. ⁣

Investigators believe Rivera drowned in what appears to be a tragic accident.”


UPDATE 10/07:The search for Naya Rivera has resumed. Ventura County Sherriff’s Department says there are multiple teams of professional search and rescue personnel actively searching Lake Piru for clues:

“With over 80 people involved in the search right now, we are using helicopters, boats, ATV vehicles, and ground personnel to try to locate her.”


UPDATE 09/07: Authorities have called off the search for Naya Rivera until first light. According to the Ventura County Sherriff’s department, the search will continue on Thursday morning, July 9.

In a statement on Twitter, they say “the lake will be closed to the public while search operations continue. Dive teams from throughout the region will be assisting us through mutual aid.”


BREAKING NEWS 09/07: Mother, actress and singer Naya Rivera has been reported missing after authorities in Ventura California were called to Lake Piru on Wednesday, July 8 where they found her son Josey alone on a boat.

We’ll update you with more details as they come through.

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