The search for Glee actress Naya Rivera may have a development, as officials have announced that a body has been recovered at the lake where she went missing last week. According to a tweet from the Ventura County Sheriff's Department, the body is currently being recovered. Authorities also stated that they will be holding a news conference at 2 p.m. local time, regarding the situation.
While the authorities have not yet confirmed that the body is Rivera, TMZ has reported that "law enforcement sources" told the outlet that it is, in fact, Rivera. The actress was reported missing on Wednesday, after a boat she rented was located and her 4-year-old son was aboard but she was nowhere to be found. Officials began to search the lake, as well as land areas surrounding the lake, in the hopes that she would be found. Eventually, the search and rescue mission shifted to a recovery mission, as Rivera was presumed to be dead.
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
In the days since her disappearance, the Ventura County Sheriff's Department has regularly issued updates about the search. Using their Twitter account, they wrote on Sunday, "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."
The same day, the Ventura County Sheriff's Department also asked that anyone wanting to do an independent search please not. "For those intent on searching for Naya Rivera on your own, 1. The lake is closed. 2. Temps are already in the 90’s. 3. The terrain around the lake is very steep and rugged," they offered. "Our teams are well equipped and highly trained. We don’t want to have to rescue you."
In addition to the authorities, Rivera's former Glee co-stars have been active on social media, issuing updates to fans and trying to stay as positive as possible. "I have spoken to Sheriff Eric Buschow and rest assured they are using every single one of their resources to locate our Naya," Heather Morris tweeted on Sunday. "I have full confidence that they’re doing everything they can, and probably more. We will hold off on the citizen search and rescue until we get the go."