The body of Glee star Naya Rivera, 33, was discovered Monday morning in Lake Piru, California, which marks the latest update in the case. Bill Ayub, the Ventura County Sheriff, said Rivera used her remaining strength to save her 4-year-old son, according to CNN.
Her body was found floating in the northeast area of the lake with water ranging from 35 to 60 feet. The discovery of her body ended a 6-day search headed by Ayub. Via CNN, although investigators are “confident” the body is Rivera, the identification will be confirmed through dental records by the Ventura County Coroner’s Office. Since the discovery of the body, the sheriff’s department has reported to be in direct contact with Rivera’s family.
“Her family has been at the lake everyday holding out hope and communicating with our investigators,” Ayub said to CNN.
The news was broken during a conference held by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. On Wednesday, July 9, Rivera and her son rented a pontoon boat on Lake Piru. Told to rescuers, Rivera’s son said he had gone to swim with his mom but only he had returned to the boat. This also led the son to tell investigators he saw Rivera disappear under the water’s surface that Wednesday, via CNN.
In the wake of the news, Rivera’s Glee co-stars, Chris Colfer (Marmaduke), Jane Lynch (Wreck-It-Ralph) and Darren Criss (Hollywood) took to memorializing her in social media posts which can be seen below:
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How can you convey all your love and respect for someone in one post? How can you summarize a decade of friendship and laughter with words alone? If you were friends with Naya Rivera, you simply can’t. Her brilliance and humor were unmatched. Her beauty and talent were otherworldly. She spoke truth to power with poise and fearlessness. She could turn a bad day into a great day with a single remark. She inspired and uplifted people without even trying. Being close to her was both a badge of honor and a suit of armor. Naya was truly one of a kind, and she always will be. 💔 Sending all my love to her wonderful family and her beautiful son.
Rest sweet, Naya. What a force you were. Love and peace to your family.
— Jane Lynch (@janemarielynch) July 13, 2020
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She was bold. She was outrageous. She was a LOT of fun. Naya made me laugh like no one else on that set. I always said it while we were working together and I’ve maintained it ever since. Her playful, wicked sense of humor never ceased to bring a smile to my face. She played by her own rules and was in a class of her own. She had a brashness about her that I couldn’t help but be enchanted by. I also always loved her voice, and savored every chance I got to hear her sing. I think she had more talent than we would have ever been able to see. I was constantly moved by the degree to which she took care of her family, and how she looked out for her friends. She showed up for me on numerous occasions where she didn’t have to, and I was always so grateful for her friendship then, as I certainly am now. And even as I sit here, struggling to comprehend, gutted beyond description- the very thought of her cracks me up and still brings a smile to my face. That was Naya’s gift. And it’s a gift that will never go away. Rest in peace you wild, hilarious, beautiful angel.