'Glee' star Naya Rivera dead at 33 after going missing in boating incident: police

By Zach Harper

Police say they are confident that a body has been found in the search for actress Naya Rivera is that of the former Glee star.

The 33-year-old actress went missing on California's Lake Piru on July 8 in a boating incident with her four-year-old son, Josey.

"We are confident the body we found is that of Naya Rivera," Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub said in a press conference on July 13. "It has been an extremely difficult time for her family throughout this ordeal... our hearts are with them and we share in their grief for Naya's loss."

Bill went on to say there is no evidence of foul play and the incident appears to have been a "tragic accident."

Josey was found alone in the same spot where the two went swimming a day earlier. Investigators said the little boy told vendors who rented the boat to Naya that he and his mom had gone swimming and she hadn't gotten back into the boat when he did.

"He and Naya swam in the lake together," Bill said. "It was during that time that her son described being helped onto the boat by Naya... He told investigators he looked back and saw her disappear under the surface of the water."

On July 9, authorities said Naya was presumed dead and was thought to have drowned in the incident. Divers continued to search for Naya all weekend. Her former Glee co-star Heather Morris joined in the search-and-recovery effort, along with Naya's ex-husband, Ryan Dorsey, who is Josey's father. Naya's father was also involved.

Naya got her start in acting at an early age, appearing in Kmart commercials when she was an infant. She went on to appear on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, The Royal Family, Family Matters, Baywatch and other '90s shows before getting her big break on Glee. She played cheerleader Santana Lopez on the beloved musical comedy. She dueted with Ricky Martin on the show and also acted alongside Gloria Estefan, who played her mother.

In 2013, she released her debut single, "Sorry," featuring rapper Big Sean, and went on to have her feature film debut in At the Devil's Door in 2014. She had most recently been playing Collette Jones on Step Up: High Water and had signed on to do a third season of the YouTube Red series.

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