Sheriff: ‘Glee’ Star Naya Rivera Saved Son Before Drowning


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LOS ANGELES—“Glee” star Naya Rivera’s 4-year-old son informed investigators that his mom, whose body was found in a Southern California lake Monday, boosted him again on to the deck of their rented boat before he seemed back and noticed her disappearing beneath the water, authorities stated.

“She should have mustered sufficient power to get her son back on the boat, but not sufficient to save lots of herself,” Ventura County Sheriff Invoice Ayub stated at a information conference.

The boy, Josey Hollis Dorsey, was found asleep and alone in a life vest on the drifting pontoon boat about three hours after they launched on Lake Piru northwest of Los Angeles, setting off a five-day search that ended with the discovery of the physique of the 33-year-old floating near the floor early Monday, authorities stated.

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A ship rented by “Glee” actress Naya Rivera sits at a dock while members of Ventura County Sheriff’s Workplace search for the actress at Lake Piru in Los Padres National Forest, northwest of Los Angeles, on July 9, 2020. Rivera’s Four-year-old son was found alone on the boat. (Chris Pizzello/AP Photograph)

The mom and son had gone swimming, which was permitted in that part of the lake, Ayub stated. She was not sporting a life vest.

Authorities consider that Rivera drowned by chance, and that her physique was almost certainly trapped in the vegetation beneath the lake for a number of days before floating to the highest, Ayub stated.

Divers had already completely searched the world where she was ultimately discovered, however shrubbery that had grown wildly within the space, which was just lately dry, should have stored her hidden in the murky water.

Relations chatted with Rivera by way of FaceTime when she was on the boat, and search crews watched those movies for clues to where she may need gone down, Ayub stated.

“It has been a particularly troublesome time for her household all through this ordeal,” Ayub stated “We share in their grief.”

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Sergeant Kevin Donoghue of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department speaks during a press conference at Lake Piru, where actress Naya Rivera was reported missing, in Piru, Calif., on July 9, 2020. (Amy Sussman/Getty Pictures)
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A helicopter helps within the search for former “Glee” star Naya Rivera, at Lake Piru in Los Padres National Forest, northwest of Los Angeles on July 9, 2020. (Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP Photograph)

Rivera played singing cheerleader Santana Lopez for six seasons from 2009 to 2015 on the Fox musical-comedy “Glee.”

She is the third main forged member from the present to die of their 30s.

The announcement of her dying comes seven years to the day after co-star Cory Monteith died at 31 from a poisonous mix of alcohol and heroin, with the collection dropping certainly one of its leads while it was still on the air.

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Actors Cory Monteith and Naya Rivera attend the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards on the Marriott Marquis Lodge in New York Metropolis on March 24, 2012. (Fernando Leon/Getty Pictures)

One other co-star, Mark Salling, who Rivera dated at one level, killed himself in 2018 at age 35 after pleading guilty to baby pornography fees.

Rivera’s physique was flown by helicopter 40 miles to the coroner’s office in Ventura, where an post-mortem can be carried out and an official identification made, authorities stated.

Ayub stated the circumstances from the situation of the physique to the truth that no one else has been reported missing in the lake makes the division “confident that the body we discovered is Naya Rivera.”

Rivera had experience boating on the lake in Los Padres Nationwide Forest an hour’s drive from Los Angeles.

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Actress Naya Rivera attends Vainness Truthful and FIAT Celebration of Young Hollywood in West Hollywood, Calif., on Feb. 23, 2016. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

It was closed down and searched by dozens of divers with help from sonar and robotic units combing the underside and helicopters and drones looking above.

Surveillance video confirmed the mom and son parking and renting the boat at about 1 p.m. on July eight.

The seller who rented it to them went in search of them once they did not return on time, and located the boat drifting in the northern finish of the lake with the boy aboard.

The boy, Rivera’s son from her marriage to actor Ryan Dorsey, was protected and healthy and shortly reunited with relations after he was discovered, authorities stated.

His mother and father divorced in 2018 after almost four years of marriage.

The day before her demise, Rivera tweeted a photograph of herself and Josey that read, “simply the 2 of us.”

By Andrew Dalton