From going missing to discovery of her body - a timeline of Naya Rivera's tragic death
The death of 33-year-old Glee actress Naya Rivera has left the global community reeling as her fans and loved ones seek answers about what could have happened in her last moments.
Here's a timeline of her disappearance and the rescue operation:
Search operation - July 8
The Ventura County sheriff’s department announced it was conducting a search and rescue operation for a person who might possibly have drowned in a lake in southern California in the US.
According to Eric Buschow of the Ventura County sheriff's office, the actress hired a boat last Wednesday and spent the day with her son, Josey, at Lake Peru. The four-year-old was found asleep on the boat with his life vest on.
Suspicions of her death intensify - July 10
On Friday, authorities said they believed Rivera may have drowned after an intensive search the day before yielded no results. A statement from the local sheriff's department said what was initially a search operation had become “a recovery mission”.
Shocking discovery - July 14
Ventura County sheriff Bill Ayub on Tuesday told the media that the star's body had been recovered at the lake. He said investigations found “no foul play or suicide”.
He said her body would be taken for an autopsy to confirm her identity. Ayub said the actress could have drowned in strong currents. “The idea being that the boat started drifting — it was unanchored — and that she mustered enough energy to get her son back on to the boat, but not enough to save herself,” he said.
Fans and entertainment industry colleagues continue to share their memories of the star via social media.
i’m so deeply sorry, naya. i’m completely heartbroken so i can’t begin to imagine how her family and close friends must be feeling right now. my love and condolences go out to them and the rest of the glee cast. rest as beautifully as you lived, miss naya rivera #RIPNayaRivera pic.twitter.com/ekEIKkva5r— jadah 🦦 | BLM LG(B)T+ (@bitchtitswicked) July 14, 2020
Just a beautiful reminder on how special #NayaRivera was and how much she loved Josey. I think we are all truly blessed to have witnessed her own magic. Such a special person who inspired so many. Remember to be kind to others. #RIPNayaRivera 🙏🏼💕 pic.twitter.com/s29XW1dfH2— Julie Rivera (@Juliejulez85) July 14, 2020