“Based on the location where the body was found, physical characteristics of the body, clothing found on the body and the physical condition of the body ― as well as the absence of any other persons reported missing in the area ― we are confident the body we found was that of Naya Rivera,” said Ayub during a press conference held on Monday.
Ayub said that Rivera was found near the surface of the water in a northeastern part of the lake. He described the area she was found in having a depth within 35 to 60 feet, heavy brush and a lot of trees. He also added that they believe her body had been concealed by the foliage in the water and that there was no indication of foul play or suicide.
The 33-year-old had rented a boat with her 4-year-old son, Josey Hollis Dorsey, on Lake Piru in Los Padres National Forest on Wednesday and was last seen around 1 p.m., according to local news affiliate Fox 11 Los Angeles. The child, who was found alone hours later sleeping in the pontoon boat and wearing a life vest, told investigators that he and his mother had been swimming and that she never returned to the vessel.
Ayub noted during the press conference that the child told investigators that Rivera had helped him into the boat and that when he looked back at her, he saw her “disappear under the surface of the water.”
Representatives for the actor did not return a request for comment.
Soon after Rivera was reported missing, search efforts began as investigators combed the lake, which is 2 miles long and about 130 feet deep at its deepest point. Due to the water’s murkiness and subsequent low visibility, one volunteer diver, Max O’Brien, told reporters that they had been conducting the search by touch.
“The visibility is about 1 to 2 feet,” O’Brien said, adding that “there’s a...