Tuesday Jul 14, 2020
Naya Rivera's body was recovered from Lake Piru, officials confirmed on Monday.
As the Glee star's family and friends mourn the tragic death of her, startling details continue to trickle about what might have transpired at the doomed lake that day.
According to a report by Page Six, the actress sacrificed her life to save her four-year-old son, Josey Dorsey, as their boat drifted away, but could not save herself.
“We believe it was mid-afternoon when she went swimming, the idea being, perhaps, that the boat began drifting… and that she mustered enough energy to get her son back on the boat but not enough to save herself,” Ventura County Sheriff William Ayub told reporters at a press conference held after the discovery of her body on Monday.
He added that “[Her son Josey] described being helped into the boat by Naya, who boosted him onto the deck from behind. He looked back and saw her disappear under the surface of the water.”
Rivera went missing last week on Wednesday after she went for a swim in the lake with her son. Her body was found floating near the surface in the northeastern corner of Lake Piru, Ayub said.
“We are confident the body we found is that of Naya Rivera,” Ayub said at a press conference, citing the location and clothing of the body and the fact that no one else has been reported missing in the lake.
“There are a lot of currents on the lake that appear particularly in the afternoon,” he added,
Additionally, she was found where the pair had gone swimming, in an area of the lake with 35 to 60-foot deep waters and heavy brush and trees that rise up nearly 20-feet from the lake bed.
“We believe she was concealed within the shrubbery of some of the floorbed of the lake” before the body rose to the surface, Ayub said.