Naya Rivera


Body found at lake where actress Naya Rivera went missing

The actress went missing on the California reservoir last week

Update: A body has been found at Lake Piru this morning where former “Glee” actress Naya Rivera disappeared. The Ventura Sheriff said the body was found this morning and a recovery is in progress. A news conference is set for 2 PM at the lake.

Sheriff department vehicles and a helicopter sit in a parking lot along with emergency workers at Lake Piru©GettyImages

Previous Efforts

The Ventura County Sheriff’s department revealed new details in their search for Naya Rivera on Sunday, July 12. “In today’s search for Naya Rivera, cabins and outbuildings in the surrounding area will be checked once again, as well as the shoreline,” the department’s official twitter stated. “This has been part of the ongoing search effort since her disappearance on Wednesday afternoon.” They added that “boat crews continue to scan” Lake Piru in California for the missing star.

Naya Rivera©@nayarivera
Naya Rivera’s last post featured her son Josey

This is likely a bit of good news for Naya’s fans, who have been urging rescuers to expand their search beyond the lake. Many have taken to social media to speculate that there’s a possibility the Glee star could have made it to shore. Her followers have gone as far as to offer to come help search and have even created petitions pleading with the team to check out all options. According to TMZ, the department has heard them loud and clear and simply want to “put the theory to bed.”

Merely a day after her disappearance, police shifted their rescue mission to a recovery one, believing Naya’s body to be somewhere in the murky depths of the lake. Authorities provided avideo update from their mission Friday night, shedding light on just how tough searching the California reservoir has been. The clip showed a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) they deployed 30 feet down to search the depths of the lake. “Here’s the ROV used by @TulareSheriff in the search for Naya Rivera at Lake Piru today,” the caption read. “This is one of many resources being used, along with side scan sonar, dogs, and divers.”

In case you hadn’t heard, Naya went missing on Wednesday, July 8 after renting a boat with her four-year-old son Josey on Lake Piru. Josey told the department that his mom did not come back to the boat after swimming. Read more on the case here.