Officials Confirm 'Glee' Actress Naya Rivera Died by Drowning

By , KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO

A day after Ventura County Sheriff's officials confirmed the body found in Lake Piru was that of missing actress Naya Rivera, they released the cause of death.

Officials said in a press release "The cause of death is drowning and the matter of death is accident."

Rivera died at age 33.

There was a recovery in process since the announcement made this morning after about 9:30 a.m. PDT.

Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub confirmed that "...based on the location and physical characteristics, clothing and physical condition of the body as well as of the absence of other missing people we are confident that the body we found of Naya Rivera."

He added each day dozens of personnel and watercraft and helicopters were used in the comprehensive search.

Ayub said that the department has been in touch with the family throughout adding "There was no indication of foul play and no indication of a suicide."

Ayub said the son recounted how he was boosted onto the boat by his mother "...and he looked back and saw her disappear under the surface of the water."
Rescue crews have been scouring Lake Piru in Ventura County since Wednesday after Rivera, an actress on "Glee," went missing while on a boat trip with her son.

On Monday the cast of "Glee" also gathered at Lake Piru.

"There was a picture sent to a family member that showed the boy on the boat by a cove," Robert Inglis of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office Search & Rescue Team told US magazine Sunday. "We found where that cove was."

Rivera sent a photo to a family member of her 4-year-old son, Josey, in front of a cove before she disappeared July 8 after diving into Lake Piru.

The time stamp on the photo indicates it was taken about two hours before Rivera's son was found in the boat on the lake.

On Sunday Ventura County Sheriff's Department said on Twitter: "In today’s search for Naya Rivera, cabins and outbuildings in the surrounding area will be checked once again, as well as the shoreline. This has been part of the ongoing search effort since her disappearance on Wednesday afternoon. Boat crews continue to scan the lake."

On Saturday her mother and brother visited Lake Piru, according to a USA Today story.

"Sgt. Marta Bugarin from the Ventura County Sheriff's Office confirmed that Rivera's mother and brother visited the search site this morning," the USA Today reported.

Capt. Eric Buschow said Friday that sonar is being used to find objects in Lake Piru. He said lake conditions are difficult. He said about 40 personnel are helping out Friday.

"We are still searching," Buschow said adding the visibility of the water is one to two feet. "We are still continuing the searc