Naya Rivera's Death Confirmed By Officials [Updated]

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The Ventura County Sheriff’s department announced Monday morning that a body was found in Lake Piru, where officials have been searching for Naya Rivera since last week. The body is currently unidentified, and a press conference will be held at 2 p.m. PST.

On July 8, Naya Rivera’s son was found alone in a boat on Lake Piru in Ventura County, California. Since, the Ventura County Sheriff’s department has conducted a difficult search of the lake to little luck, due in part to the extreme climate, crowded lake bed, and low visibility underwater.


Update, 1:20 p.m.: TMZ reports that its sources in law enforcement have confirmed the body is that of Rivera.

Update, 5:00 p.m.: During a press conference at Lake Piru, Ventura County Sheriff’s Department officials confirmed that the body found earlier today was Naya Rivera. Based on conversations with her son, officials say she had lifted her son into the boat before she disappeared. She was also found in the area where she and her son had been swimming shortly before her disappearance.

Officials also claim that while a detailed autopsy has not been conducted, “initial investigations from the county medical office” concluded there is no foul play suspected.

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Brick HardMeat

Is this closure? Is this story now more sad or less sad? Was there some insane chance she would somehow turn up ok?

I don’t know why I’m so fixated on this story as a non-Glee fan. It just really hit me as a parent. goddamn.

Also as a former lifeguard here’s a PSA— please don’t dive into water unless you have confirmed what is in it and how deep it is. I don’t know what happened to this poor woman -- she could have had a random stroke for all I know -- but I might as well use this as an opportunity to say I don’t care how great a swimmer you are, if you dive into murky water that turns out to be 3 feet shallow when you thought it was 8 feet deep, you may not come up.