The body of missing actress Naya Rivera was found Monday near the surface of a Southern California lake, authorities said.
Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub said at a conference that the body that search crews found floating within the northeast corner of Lake Piru, earlier within the day was the 33-year-old Rivera.
Ayub said that while an autopsy and official identification are forthcoming, the circumstances come true of the body to the particular proven fact that nobody else has been reported missing within the lake makes the department "confident that the body we found is Naya Rivera."
The discovery came five days after Rivera disappeared on Lake Piru, where her 4-year-old son was found asleep and alone on a rented pontoon boat, authorities said. She and her son, Josey Hollis Dorsey, had climbed off the boat and gone swimming.
The boy told investigators that his mother helped him return to shore, then he looked back and saw her disappear into the water, Ayub said. "She must have mustered enough energy to urge her son back on the boat, but not enough to avoid wasting herself,".
Authorities say they believe Rivera drowned.
The lake is an hour's drive from Los Angeles was searched by dozens of divers working in waters with little visibility, with help from sonar and robotic devices combing the underside and helicopters and drones searching above.
The body was flown 40 miles (64 kilometres) to the coroner's office in Ventura, where an autopsy would be conducted, authorities said.
Rivera's family has been notified of the invention.
The announcement of her death comes seven years to the day after co-star Cory Monteith died at 31 from a toxic mixture of alcohol and heroin, with the series losing one in every of its leads while it absolutely was still on the air.
Another co-star, Mark Salling, who Rivera dated at one point, killed himself in 2018 at age 35 after pleading guilty to Child Pornography charges.