Janefrances Chinwe Iwuchukwu
The Glee actress was declared missing about a week ago. However, on Monday July 13, the actress’s dead body was found near the surface of the water in the northeastern portion of the California lake. Naya Rivera’s body was recovered at Lake Piru where she had gone swimming with her son over a week ago.
According to the Ventura County Sheriff, there was no foul play in the death of the Glee actress. The body was identified as that of Rivera based on the location, physical characteristics, clothing and condition adding that there was no life jacket on the body.
The mother of one used the last of her strength to save her son before she died. “She mustered enough energy to get her son back onto the boat, but not enough to save herself,” said sheriff Ayub.
In a report by The New York Times, the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office will perform an autopsy and will use dental records so as to make a positive identification. The 33-year-old actress went missing on July 8 at Lake Piru where her four-year-old son was found alone in the boat. According to reports, Rivera rented the boat on Wednesday, July 8, afternoon at Lake Piru, which is on the north-left of Los Angeles.
It was gathered that the mother and son were seen going out on the lake together but did not return on time. Something that prompted workers from the dock to go for a search. The four-year-old was said to have been wearing a life jacket and there was an adult one that was found on the boat. The boy could not tell what happened and is reported to have been sleeping when a boater discovered their boat drifting on the lake.
Naya is well known for playing Santana Lopez – the cold-hearted cheerleader in the comedy series Glee. She was married to actor Ryan Dorsey in 2014 who fathered her son before they divorced in 2018.