Naya Rivera's Body Recovered at Lake Piru on 7th Anniversary of 'Gllee Star Cory Monteith's Death

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Updated July 13, 5 p.m. ET:

The Ventura County Sheriff has confirmed that they are “confident” the body recovered on Monday morning is that of Naya Rivera. The sheriff explained their reasoning in full at a press conference this afternoon.

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“Based on the location where the body was found, physical characteristics of the body, clothing found on the body, and the physical condition of the body, as well as the absence of any other persons reported missing in the area, we are confident the body we found is that of Naya Rivera.”

“There was no indication of foul play and no indication that this was a suicide,” Sheriff Ayub added.  “Our hearts are with [Naya’s family] and we share in their grief for Naya’s loss.

Updated July 13, 4 p.m. ET:

TMZ has received confirmation from law enforcement that the body recovered today at Lake Piru is Naya Rivera, the Glee star who tragically went missing last week on a boat ride with her son. Fans are noting with sorrow that her body’s recovery falls on the seven-year anniversary of another Glee star’s tragic passing: Cory Monteith, who died of an overdose on July 13, 2013.

A press conference is expected to reveal further details about Rivera’s recovery later today.

After nearly a week of dedicated searching, the long quest to recover Naya Rivera’s body may be over. On Monday morning, a body was discovered at Lake Piru, where Glee star Rivera was last seen with her 4-year-old son Josey. While Rivera has been presumed dead in recent days, her friends and family hadn’t given up hope on the search, with her mother, father, and brother all joining in on the search this week. They have, of course, been desperate for any answers about what happened to their loved one, but the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office can’t yet confirm whether the body is Rivera’s.

Rivera went missing last Wednesday, July 8, the search beginning when son Josey was discovered sleeping on his own in a boat he and Rivera had rented at Lake Piru. He told authorities that his mother had gone swimming but not returned to the boat, and her life vest was still in the boat with him.

The Sheriff’s Office offered the following update on Monday via Twitter: “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.”

Since RIvera’s disappearance, son Josey has been staying with father Ryan Dorsey. While paparazzi have already flocked to the scene, fans are urging everyone to leave Rivera’s next of kin in peace throughout this tragedy, as we wait with heavy hearts for more information. Our hearts are with Rivera’s loved ones, and especially that young boy. We hope whatever news come next can start to bring them peace.

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