The body of the star of the “Glee” series, actress Naya Rivera, was found in the lake where she was missing last week, according to the local police.
Ventura Police Chief Bill Ayoub explained that the rescue teams managed to retrieve the body of the actress after she was spotted floating in the lake, noting that preliminary investigations indicated that the death was caused by an accidental drowning.
Ayoub said, “We believe that the body we found was the body of Naya Rivera,” based on the place where it was located, its form and what it was wearing.
He pointed out that a forensic doctor would perform the autopsy to verify the identity of the owner from a fingerprint, but pointed out that the police had not received reports of anyone else missing in the lake.
Naya Rivera, 33, is likely to have drowned casually in the lake, where she and her four-year-old son were in a boat that she rented on July 8.
Rivera has not been shown since the authorities launched the same search on the same day with the participation of a large number of divers, backed by helicopters.
Hours later, the child was found in the boat “asleep and in a life jacket,” the police said.
The actresss son said that he and his mother were swimming in the lake, and that she had helped him get back onto the boat, and when he turned around, he saw her “disappear under the water,” according to police chief Bill Ayoub.
Ayoub predicted that the sinking of Rivera would return to the strong water currents that are sometimes witnessed in Lake Peru. He explained, “It could be that the boat started to run aground, as the anchor was not lying in the water, or perhaps Rivera had enough energy to return her son to the boat but she no longer had enough to save herself.”
The lake was closed to the public to facilitate the search.
“We believe that the plants at the bottom of the lake blocked the body, until it floated to the surface of the water due to the decomposition process,” Ayoub added. He stated that underwater vision was limited and did not exceed 30 centimeters.
Rivera was famous for her performance of Santana Lopez in the “Glee” series in which she participated for six seasons (2009-2015).
This American high school television act was a great success and ended in 2015.
Rivera has also recently starred in the “Divius Maids” and “Step Up: High Water” series.
She divorced in the year 2018 from the father of the child, actor Ryan Dorsey, and they were taking turns custody.
The “Glee” team witnessed a group of tragedies that dissolved with the participating actors, among them the actor Mark Saling’s suicide in 2018 while he was awaiting a verdict in the case of possession of child pornography. Canadian actor Coulary Monteth also died in July 2013 from an overdose of drugs and alcohol.
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