In a tweet, the Ventura County Sheriff announced:
“A body has been found at Lake Piru this morning. The recovery is in progress. A news conference will take place at 2 pm at the lake,” it said.
Naya Rivera used the last of her strength to save her 4-year-old son before she died, Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub said Monday.
“She mustered enough energy to get her son back onto the boat, but not enough to save herself,” Ayub said.
A body discovered Monday morning at Lake Piru has been identified as the former “Glee” actress, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said during a news conference.
Rivera and her son rented a pontoon boat at Lake Piru Wednesday. The child told rescuers he and his mother had gone into the water to swim, but she did not get back on the boat. He told investigators he then looked back and saw her disappear under the surface of the water, Ayub said.
Her son was found asleep on the rental pontoon boat after it was overdue for return. One life jacket was found on the boat and the boy was wearing another.
Rivera, 33, was presumed dead after she went missing Wednesday.
Her body was found floating in the northeast area of the lake where the water is between 35 and 60 feet deep Monday, after a six-day search. Ayub said investigators are “confident” the body found was Rivera, but the body is still being taken to Ventura County Coroner’s Office, where it will be identified through dental records.
“Her family has been at the lake everyday holding out hope and communicating with our investigators,” Ayub said.
Rivera’s fellow “Glee” cast members Cory Monteith and Mark Salling have also died.