Ayub said that while an autopsy and official identification are forthcoming, the circumstances from the location of the body to the fact that no one else has been reported missing in the lake makes the department “confident that the body we found is Naya Rivera.”
The discovery came five days after Rivera disappeared on Lake Piru, where her 4-year-old son was found July 8 asleep and alone on a rented pontoon boat, authorities said.
Rivera and her son Josey Hollis Dorsey had taken a boat and gone swimming as per reports. The boy later revealed that his mother helped him get back aboard, and when he looked back he saw her disappearing into the water.
“She must have mustered enough energy to get her son back on the boat, but not enough to save herself,” Ayub said.
Authorities say they believe Rivera drowned. Dozens of divers searched the lake but found nothing for days. They even used help from sonar and robotic devices combing the bottom and helicopters and drone to search from above.
It is assumed that the body od Naya Rivera was probably stuck in leafy vegetation for several days and later began floating to the top. Divers have reportedly searched the same place earlier as per the Sheriff.