Following TMZ's initial report, Ventura County Sheriff's Department held a press conference where they confirmed the body they found was Rivera. "We are confident the body we found is that of Naya Rivera," Sheriff William Ayub said during the press conference, which you can watch below. Ayub also said that authorities found "no indication of foul play or that this was a suicide." The Ventura County Coroner's Office will use dental records to verify the body.
The news conference has concluded. Sheriff Ayub has confirmed the body recovered at Lake Piru today was Naya Rivera. Our hearts go out to her family, friends and fans during this difficult time. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of her death.— Ventura Co. Sheriff (@VENTURASHERIFF) July 13, 2020
The Glee star was reported missing after her 4-year-old son was discovered alone on boat just three hours after she rented it. Authorities determined she and her son had been swimming in the lake, but Rivera did not return to the boat and presumably drowned.
After her son was found unaccompanied on the boat, authorities noted he was wearing a life vest and told them she hadn't worn one. Search teams had been looking for Rivera ever since July 8, with her father and her ex-husband Ryan Dorsey among those joining the efforts. When she was presumed dead, locals in Ventura County petitioned for more protection for swimmers. Rivera is the ninth person known to have drowned in Lake Piru since 1994.
Rivera began her career as a child actress and model, later landing her breakthrough role as an adult on Glee from 2009 to 2015. More recently she had a recurring role in the Step Up TV series, and appeared on Lip Sync Battle performing her ex Big Sean's hit "I Don't Fuck With You."