Almost a week since the Glee star's disappearance, police found a body in Lake Piru. Her son has previously told police he saw his mother disappear beneath the water.
Latest update: Ventura County Sheriff has announced that a body was found in the lake where Glee star Naya Rivera reportedly went missing.
In a series of recent Twitter posts, the police said that recovery is still in progress.
Police are yet to identify whether the body belongs to the missing actress, and a press conference is scheduled at 2 pm in the lake.
Happening now: A body has been found at Lake Piru this morning. The recovery is in progress. A news conference will take place at 2 pm at the lake.— Ventura Co. Sheriff (@VENTURASHERIFF) July 13, 2020
A body has been found at Lake Piru this morning. The recovery is in progress. There will be a news conference at 2 pm at the lake— Ventura Co. Sheriff (@VENTURASHERIFF) July 13, 2020
Naya Rivera's son has previously told police that he saw his mother disappeared beneath the water following her disappearance in Lake Piru.
The Glee star has been reported missing since July 8, after renting a boat with her four-year-old son, Josey Hollis. Hollis was found alone in the rented boat by another boater, who then alerted the police.
Hollis was wearing a life jacket, while another adult-sized life jacket (presumably belonging to Rivera) was found beside the boy in the boat.
A CCTV footage of Rivera and her son before the incident has been released to the public.
In the footage, Rivera and her son Hollis were seen arriving to rent a pontoon boat at Lake Piru. They were seen departing the dock and traveling north of the lake.
Hollis was reportedly safe and doing well and has since told the police about the heart-breaking incident.
Ventura County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Kevin Donoghue said they are unable to find clues suggesting that Rivera may have survived and made it to the shore.
The police's most conclusive piece of information as of the moment is Hollis' statement, who remains to be the only witness of the ill-fated incident.
"He observed his mother disappear beneath the water. So we are very confident she is in the water and that at some point in time, we will recover her from the lake." Donoghue said via Sky News.
The statement came following an online petition garnered over 25,000 signatures, demanding the police to extend their search for Rivera's body beyond the lake.
A few hours before her disappearance, Rivera has tweeted a photo of her and Hollis captioned: "just the two of us".
On July 10, the actress was already presumed dead.
Just recently, police have released underwater footage of Lake Piru, revealing the lake's poor visibility making the search-and-recovery mission almost impossible.
Following the immense public interest in the case, the police have announced that they will be rechecking the cabins and outbuildings in the surrounding area, including the shoreline.
In a Twitter post dated July 13, the police said:
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.
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.— Ventura Co. Sheriff (@VENTURASHERIFF) July 12, 2020