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Body found in search for missing Glee star Naya Rivera after she vanished at Lake Piru

Patrick Kelleher July 13, 2020
Naya Rivera Glee body found

Naya Rivera (Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty)

A body has been found in the search for missing Glee star Naya Rivera after she vanished while swimming at Lake Piru with her son last week.

Ventura County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that a body was discovered this morning following a six-day long search, but officials have not yet confirmed that the body is Rivera’s.

The sheriff’s office said the body is currently being recovered.

A news conference will take place at 2pm Eastern Time at Lake Piru where it is expected that law enforcement officials will identify the body.

Glee star Naya Rivera vanished while swimming with her son last week.

Rivera was reported missing last Wednesday (July 8) after she went swimming with her son in Lake Piru, Southern California.

The 33-year-old, who played Santana Lopez on Glee, rented a boat at the lake last Wednesday at round 1pm and spent the afternoon swimming with her four year old son Josey Hollis.

At 4pm, another boater discovered Hollis alone and asleep on the boat, with Rivera nowhere in sight. Her car was later discovered parked near the lake.

Investigators later announced that Rivera was assumed dead, with divers launching a “search and recovery” operation.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has aided local authorities in the search, providing divers and sonar equipment, and resources from other neighbouring counties.

The United States Coast Guard also offered its support.

The actor and singer played lesbian cheerleader Santana Lopez on the hit Ryan Murphy series.

Rivera won the hearts of the LGBT+ community for her role as lesbian cheerleader-turned-singer Santana Lopez on Glee.

She starred in all six seasons of the hugely popular Ryan Murphy series. She also appeared on the Royal Family sitcom on CBS and starred in 2014 horror film At the Devil’s Door.

Rivera married Ryan Dorsey in 2014 and together the couple had a son, Josey Hollis. They divorced in 2018.

Just a day before she went missing, Rivera tweeted a photograph of herself and Hollis and captioned it: “Just the two of us.”

 

 

 

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