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Crime Naya Rivera 'Mustered Enough Energy' to Get Son on Boat but 'Not Enough to Save Herself': Police

03:05  14 july  2020
03:05  14 july  2020 Source:   people.com

Naya Rivera Missing After 4-Year-Old Son Found Alone In a Boat on California Lake

  Naya Rivera Missing After 4-Year-Old Son Found Alone In a Boat on California Lake On Wednesday, the Glee star, 33, was reported missing after a trip to Lake Piru in Ventura County, California . The actress and her 4-year-old son, Josey Dorsey, rented a pontoon boat and were swimming. After the boat was overdue for return after the three-hour rental, staff at the lake found it at the north side of the lake with her son aboard asleep, but not Rivera. A search-and-rescue operation was undertaken at the lake, but she was not found, according to Fillmore Police Department. Authorities suspended the search for the night, but plan to resume on Thursday.

Naya Rivera ’s body has been recovered at Lake Piru, five days after the former Glee star went missing and was presumed dead. The 33-year-old actress didn't The boat wasn’t anchored so one theory is she “ mustered enough energy to get her son back onto the boat , but not enough to save herself .”

Her uncle Jason Roberts found her lying face-down in a pool in the park. 'Trusted' friend Wesley Streete, 20, is alleged to have raped and strangled her . Naya Rivera ' mustered enough energy to get her son , 4, back on the boat - but not enough to save herself ', police say as Glee cast gather

Naya Rivera's final moments were spent saving the person she loved most, according to investigators.

Naya Rivera sitting on a suitcase: Naya Rivera and son Josey © CHRIS DELMAS/AFP via Getty Images Naya Rivera and son Josey

On Monday, the former Glee star's body was found five days after she went missing during a boating trip at Lake Piru in Ventura County, California, with her 4-year-old son, Josey, whom she shares with ex-husband Ryan Dorsey.

At a news conference Monday afternoon, Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub recounted what Josey told authorities about the tragic accident.

"We know from speaking with her son, that he and Naya swam in the lake together at some point during their journey. It was during that time that her son described being helped into the boat by Naya, who boosted him onto the deck from behind," the sheriff said. "He told investigators that he looked back and saw her disappear under the surface of the water."

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Ayub said that "there are a lot of currents on the lake that appear particularly in the afternoon" and that authorities believe she disappeared in the "mid-afternoon."

"The idea perhaps being that the boat started drifting, it was unanchored, and that she mustered enough energy to get her son back onto the boat, but not enough to save herself," Ayub said.

a child swimming in a body of water: naya rivera/instagram Naya Rivera and her son, Josey, swimming on July 4, 2018 © Provided by People naya rivera/instagram Naya Rivera and her son, Josey, swimming on July 4, 2018

The sheriff added that there is no evidence of foul play or suicide. An autopsy will be performed at the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office, and Rivera will be officially identified based on dental records.

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Naya Rivera ' mustered enough energy to get her son , 4, back on the boat - but not enough to save herself ', police say as Glee cast gather after her Louis Tomlinson's sister Lottie discusses the tragic deaths of her mother and sister and reveals she has got to a 'good point' with her grief after

Last Wednesday, Rivera, 33, was declared missing after an outing on the lake with her son, who was found asleep and alone on the pontoon after the boat was overdue for its return.

"Naya’s son was later found asleep on the boat, which was adrift in a northern portion of the lake known as 'The Narrows' ... when a leasing agent searched for the watercraft, which was overdue with return. The young boy was wearing a life vest when he was found, and he was wrapped in a towel," Ayub said during the news conference.

Naya Rivera standing next to a suitcase: CHRIS DELMAS/AFP via Getty Images Naya Rivera and son Josey © Provided by People CHRIS DELMAS/AFP via Getty Images Naya Rivera and son Josey

"An adult size life vest was found on the boat. Several witnesses who were at the lake that day have been identified and interviewed by sheriffs and investigators," Ayub added. "There were three other rental boats on the lake that day. All of the people in those boats have been identified and interviewed. They had seen Naya’s boat at different times and at several different locations while she was out on the lake."

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Naya Rivera ' mustered enough energy to get her son , 4, back on the boat - but not enough to save herself ', police say as Glee cast gather after her Louis Tomlinson's sister Lottie discusses the tragic deaths of her mother and sister and reveals she has got to a 'good point' with her grief after

Naya Rivera ' mustered enough energy to get her son , 4, back on the boat - but not enough to save herself ', police say as Glee cast gather after her Louis Tomlinson's sister Lottie discusses the tragic deaths of her mother and sister and reveals she has got to a 'good point' with her grief after

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An extensive, five-day search at the lake began for Rivera, who was presumed dead on Thursday.

Lake Piru has been the site of several drownings over the years, and the actress's disappearance prompted a petition calling for signs warning swimmers of its dangerous conditions. Ayub noted that "swimming is allowed" in the waters.

a person standing next to a window: naya rivera/instagram Naya Rivera and son Josey © Provided by People naya rivera/instagram Naya Rivera and son Josey

Authorities "utilized dozens of personnel: watercraft, helicopters, with unmanned aerial systems, and on the shore, conducting a methodical and comprehensive search," Ayub said.

After a multi-day search, "today our search teams have recovered a body in the lake," Ayub told reporters. "Based on the location that the body was found, physical characteristics of the body, clothing found on the body, and physical condition of the body, as well as the absence of any other persons reported missing in the area, we are confident that the body we found is that of Naya Rivera."

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Naya Rivera ' mustered enough energy to get her son , 4, back on the boat - but not enough to save herself ', police say as Glee cast gather after her Louis Tomlinson's sister Lottie discusses the tragic deaths of her mother and sister and reveals she has got to a 'good point' with her grief after

Naya Rivera ' mustered enough energy to get her son , 4, back on the boat - but not enough to save herself ', police say as Glee cast gather after her Louis Tomlinson's sister Lottie discusses the tragic deaths of her mother and sister and reveals she has got to a 'good point' with her grief after

He continued: "She was found in a northeastern portion of the lake, near the surface of the water. Depth of the water is between 35 and 60-feet deep, there is heavy brush and trees on the lakebed there."

In the days leading up to finding Rivera's body, her family, ex-husband and former castmates were seen visiting the lake.

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During the news conference, Ayub expressed his condolences to the actress' loved ones during this heartbreaking time.

Ryan Dorsey, Naya Rivera are posing for a picture: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic Ryan Dorsey and Naya Rivera © Provided by People Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic Ryan Dorsey and Naya Rivera

"As you can imagine, it has been an extremely difficult time for her family throughout this ordeal, as fathers, mothers, sons and daughters, our hearts are with them and we share in their grief for Naya’s loss. We have been in direct contact with the family throughout this entire time, and we’ve kept them updated on the progress of our search efforts throughout," he said.  "Our hearts also go out to Naya’s many friends and fans, who have been holding out hope for the best over the last few days."

How the "Glee" creators now take care of Naya Rivera's son .
Watch the first season "Glee" here. In a statement, published in full by "Variety" , the three men write that they are "heartbroken about the loss of our friend Naya Rivera". In order to support their son, who comes from a divorced marriage to actor Ryan Dorsey (36), they want to found a college fund together. This is intended to enable the boy to receive extensive school education later on.

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