Body is found in Lake Piru search for ‘Glee’ star Naya Rivera

LOS ANGELES — A body was found Monday at a Ventura County lake during the search for “Glee” star Naya Rivera, authorities said.

The body was discovered five days after the 33-year-old Rivera disappeared on Lake Piru, where her son was found July 8 alone a few hours later on a boat the two had rented, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said.

Authorities would not immediately say if the person found was Rivera but said the day after she disappeared that they believed she drowned in the lake northwest of Los Angeles. A 2 p.m. press conference was scheduled.

The lake an hour’s drive from Los Angeles was searched by dozens of divers working in waters with little visibility, with help above from helicopters, drones and all-terrain vehicles.

  • Authorities say the operation to find Naya Rivera has moved from a search and rescue to a search and recovery mission. (David Livingston/Getty Images)

  • FILE – Actress Naya Rivera arrives at Logo’s NewNowNext Awards in Los Angeles on April 13, 2013. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP, File)

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  • FILE – Actress Naya Rivera arrives at the opening of photographer Brian Bowen Smith’s WILDLIFE in West Hollywood, Calif., on Oct. 23, 2014. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

  • FILE – Actress Naya Rivera arrives at the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 30, 2011. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)

  • FILE – In this Feb. 23, 2016, file photo, actress Naya Rivera attends Vanity Fair and FIAT Celebration of Young Hollywood in West Hollywood. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

  • FILE – In this May 5, 2017, file photo, Naya Rivera attends the 24th Annual Race to Erase MS Gala in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

  • FILE – Actress and singer Naya Rivera arrives at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 13, 2011. Music, Volume 1.” (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

  • File- This Dec. 11, 2013, file photo shows Naya Rivera arriving at the 22nd Annual Women in Entertainment Breakfast at the Beverly Hills Hote (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

  • Naya Rivera from “Glee” poses at the show’s second season premiere in Los Angeles on Sept. 7, 2010.

  • In this Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016 photo, Naya Rivera poses for a portrait in New York. (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP)

  • In this Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016 photo, Naya Rivera poses for a portrait in New York. (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP)

  • In this Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016 photo, Naya Rivera poses for a portrait in New York. (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP)

  • In this Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016 photo, Naya Rivera poses for a portrait in New York. (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP)

  • FILE – Naya Rivera, a cast member in the television series “Glee,” poses at a screening and Q&A for the show, at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles on May 1, 2012. Authorities say a body has been found at a Southern California lake during the search for “Glee” star Naya Rivera. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office says in a tweet that the body was found Monday morning, July 13, 2020, in the search of Lake Piru for Rivera, five days after her 4-year-old son was found alone in a boat the two had rented. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

  • FILE – Actress Naya Rivera, from the Fox series “Glee” arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York on Aug. 25, 2013. Authorities say a body has been found at a Southern California lake during the search for Rivera. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office says in a tweet that the body was found Monday morning, July 13, 2020, in the search of Lake Piru, five days after Rivera’s 4-year-old son was found alone in a boat the two had rented. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

  • Search and rescue personnel exit the pier at Lake Piru in Los Padres National Forest, Calif., Thursday, July 9, 2020. Authorities said Thursday that they believe “Glee” star Naya Rivera drowned in the lake but they are continuing the search for her a day after her 4-year-old son was found alone in a rented boat.

  • CORRECTS LAKE NAME TO PIRU – Members of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office search for former “Glee” actress Naya Rivera, Thursday, July 9, 2020 in Lake Piru, Calif. Rivera rented a boat on Wednesday and her 4-year-old son was found alone on the rented boat. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • Ventura county sheriff dive teams in the water at Lake Piru during search-and-rescue Thursday, July 9,2020. Lake Piru, CA/USA. The effort that has transitioned to a search-and-recovery operation after actress Naya Rivera went missing Wednesday Ventura County’s Lake Piru and her young son was found alone on a rented boat, authorities announced Thursday morning. According to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, the 33-year-old Rivera is presumed dead in a tragic accident after a boating and swimming excursion that began about 1 p.m. Wednesday. (Photo by Gene Blevins/Contributing Photographer)

  • Ventura county sheriff dive teams in the water at Lake Piru during search-and-rescue Thursday, July 9,2020. Lake Piru, CA/USA. The effort that has transitioned to a search-and-recovery operation after actress Naya Rivera went missing Wednesday Ventura County’s Lake Piru and her young son was found alone on a rented boat, authorities announced Thursday morning. According to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, the 33-year-old Rivera is presumed dead in a tragic accident after a boating and swimming excursion that began about 1 p.m. Wednesday. (Photo by Gene Blevins/Contributing Photographer)

  • CORRECTS LAKE NAME TO PIRU – Members of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office search for former “Glee” actress Naya Rivera, Thursday, July 9, 2020 in Lake Piru, Calif. Rivera rented a boat on Wednesday and her 4-year-old son was found alone on the rented boat. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • A coast-guard helicopter passes over Lake Piru during search-and-rescue Thursday, July 9,2020. Lake Piru, CA/USA. The effort that has transitioned to a search-and-recovery operation after actress Naya Rivera went missing Wednesday Ventura County’s Lake Piru and her young son was found alone on a rented boat, authorities announced Thursday morning. According to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, the 33-year-old Rivera is presumed dead in a tragic accident after a boating and swimming excursion that began about 1 p.m. Wednesday. (Photo by Gene Blevins/Contributing Photographer)

  • CORRECTS LAKE NAME TO PIRU – Members of Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Underwater Search and Rescue Team arrive, Thursday, July 9, 2020 in Lake Piru, Calif., to search for missing “Glee” actress Naya Rivera. Rivera rented a boat on Wednesday and her 4-year-old son was found alone on the rented boat. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • Ventura water rescue team starts their search and rescue at Lake Piru Thursday, July 9,2020. Lake Piru, CA/USA. The effort that has transitioned to a search-and-recovery operation after actress Naya Rivera went missing Wednesday Ventura County’s Lake Piru and her young son was found alone on a rented boat, authorities announced Thursday morning. According to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, the 33-year-old Rivera is presumed dead in a tragic accident after a boating and swimming excursion that began about 1 p.m. Wednesday. (Photo by Gene Blevins/Contributing Photographer)

  • A coast-guard helicopter passes over Lake Piru during search-and-rescue Thursday, July 9,2020. Lake Piru, CA/USA. The effort that has transitioned to a search-and-recovery operation after actress Naya Rivera went missing Wednesday Ventura County’s Lake Piru and her young son was found alone on a rented boat, authorities announced Thursday morning. According to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, the 33-year-old Rivera is presumed dead in a tragic accident after a boating and swimming excursion that began about 1 p.m. Wednesday. (Photo by Gene Blevins/Contributing Photographer)

  • CORRECTS LAKE NAME TO PIRU – Members of Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Underwater Search and Rescue Team help in the search for former “Glee” star Naya Rivera, Thursday, July 9, 2020 in Lake Piru, Calif. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • Ventura county sheriff dive team pass by the boat were actress Naya Rivera went missing from at Lake Piru during search-and-rescue Thursday, July 9,2020. Lake Piru, CA/USA. The effort that has transitioned to a search-and-recovery operation after actress Naya Rivera went missing Wednesday Ventura County’s Lake Piru and her young son was found alone on a rented boat, authorities announced Thursday morning. According to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, the 33-year-old Rivera is presumed dead in a tragic accident after a boating and swimming excursion that began about 1 p.m. Wednesday. (Photo by Gene Blevins/Contributing Photographer)

  • CORRECTS LAKE NAME TO PIRU – Members of Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Underwater Search and Rescue Team search for former “Glee” actress Naya Rivera, Thursday, July 9, 2020 in Lake Piru, Calif. Rivera rented a boat on Wednesday and her 4-year-old son was found alone on the rented boat. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • A coast-guard helicopter passes over Lake Piru during search-and-rescue Thursday, July 9,2020. Lake Piru, CA/USA. The effort that has transitioned to a search-and-recovery operation after actress Naya Rivera went missing Wednesday Ventura County’s Lake Piru and her young son was found alone on a rented boat, authorities announced Thursday morning. According to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, the 33-year-old Rivera is presumed dead in a tragic accident after a boating and swimming excursion that began about 1 p.m. Wednesday. (Photo by Gene Blevins/Contributing Photographer)

  • A Ventura sheriff helicopter lifts off at Lake Piru during search-and-rescue Thursday, July 9,2020. Lake Piru, CA/USA. The effort that has transitioned to a search-and-recovery operation after actress Naya Rivera went missing Wednesday Ventura County’s Lake Piru and her young son was found alone on a rented boat, authorities announced Thursday morning. According to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, the 33-year-old Rivera is presumed dead in a tragic accident after a boating and swimming excursion that began about 1 p.m. Wednesday. (Photo by Gene Blevins/Contributing Photographer)

  • CORRECTS LAKE NAME TO PIRU – Members of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office search for former “Glee” actress Naya Rivera, Thursday, July 9, 2020 in Lake Piru, Calif. Rivera rented a boat on Wednesday and her 4-year-old son was found alone on the rented boat. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • A coast-guard helicopter passes over Lake Piru during search-and-rescue Thursday, July 9,2020. Lake Piru, CA/USA. The effort that has transitioned to a search-and-recovery operation after actress Naya Rivera went missing Wednesday Ventura County’s Lake Piru and her young son was found alone on a rented boat, authorities announced Thursday morning. According to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, the 33-year-old Rivera is presumed dead in a tragic accident after a boating and swimming excursion that began about 1 p.m. Wednesday. (Photo by Gene Blevins/Contributing Photographer)

  • Ventura county sheriff dive team pass by the boat were actress Naya Rivera went missing from at Lake Piru during search-and-rescue Thursday, July 9,2020. Lake Piru, CA/USA. The effort that has transitioned to a search-and-recovery operation after actress Naya Rivera went missing Wednesday Ventura County’s Lake Piru and her young son was found alone on a rented boat, authorities announced Thursday morning. According to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, the 33-year-old Rivera is presumed dead in a tragic accident after a boating and swimming excursion that began about 1 p.m. Wednesday. (Photo by Gene Blevins/Contributing Photographer)

  • Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies appear on the scene in Lake Piru, Calif., Thursday, July 9, 2020, searching for “Glee” star Naya Rivera who was reported missing on Wednesday. Her 4-year-old son was found alone on a rented boat. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • Ventura sheriff Sgt. Kevin Donahue updates the media that now its a search-and-recovery operation Thursday, July 9,202. Lake Piru CA/USA. Actress Naya Rivera went missing at Ventura County’s Lake Piru and her young son was found alone on a rented boat, authorities announced Thursday morning. According to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, the 33-year-old Rivera is presumed dead in a tragic accident after a boating and swimming excursion that began about 1 p.m. Wednesday. (Photo by Gene Blevins/Contributing Photographer)

  • CORRECTS LAKE NAME TO PIRU – Members of Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Underwater Search and Rescue Team help in the search for former “Glee” star Naya Rivera, Thursday, July 9, 2020 in Lake Piru, Calif. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • A helicopter helps in the search for former “Glee” star Naya Rivera on Thursday, July 9, 2020, at Lake Piru in Los Padres National Forest, northwest of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • Members of Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Underwater Search and Rescue Team search for former “Glee” actress Naya Rivera, Thursday, July 9, 2020, at Lake Piru in Los Padres National Forest, northwest of Los Angeles. Rivera rented a boat Wednesday and her 4-year-old son was found alone on the boat. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • A helicopter helps in the search for former “Glee” actress Naya Rivera, Thursday, July 9, 2020, at Lake Piru in Los Padres National Forest, northwest of Los Angeles. Rivera rented a boat Wednesday and her 4-year-old son was found alone on the boat. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • Members of Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Underwater Search and Rescue Team search for former “Glee” actress Naya Rivera, Thursday, July 9, 2020, at Lake Piru in Los Padres National Forest, northwest of Los Angeles. Rivera rented a boat Wednesday and her 4-year-old son was found alone on the boat. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • A boat covered in caution tape rented by “Glee” actress Naya Rivera sits at a dock while members of Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Underwater Search and Rescue Team search for the actress on Thursday, July 9, 2020, at Lake Piru in Los Padres National Forest, northwest of Los Angeles. Rivera’s 4-year-old son was found alone on the boat. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

  • Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Senior Deputy Larry Hanson, second from right, and Capt. Jeremy Paris, far right, continue the search for missing actress Naya Rivera at Lake Piru, Friday, July 10, 2020, in Los Padres National Forest, Calif., about 55 miles (90 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles. Authorities said that they believe the “Glee” star drowned in the lake Wednesday, but they are continuing the search for her two days after her 4-year-old son was found alone in a rented boat. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

  • Members of Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Underwater Search and Rescue Team search for former “Glee” actress Naya Rivera, Thursday, July 9, 2020, at Lake Piru in Los Padres National Forest, northwest of Los Angeles. Rivera rented a boat Wednesday and her 4-year-old son was found alone on the boat. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • A patrol boat with a search and rescue dog heads out on Lake Piru Reservoir, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Ventura, Calif. Authorities said Thursday that they believe Rivera drowned in a Southern California lake but they are continuing the search for her a day after her 4-year-old son was found alone in a rented boat. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

  • Members of Ventura County Sheriff’s Department talk to the Park Management staff in the search for former “Glee” actress Naya Rivera, Thursday, July 9, 2020 in Lake Piru, Calif. Rivera rented a boat on Wednesday and her 4-year-old son was found alone on the rented boat. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • Capt. Jeremy Paris of the search and rescue unit of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department continues the search for missing actress Naya Rivera at Lake Piru, Friday, July 10, 2020, in Los Padres National Forest, Calif., about 55 miles (90 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles. Authorities said that they believe the “Glee” star drowned in the lake Wednesday, but they are continuing the search for her two days after her 4-year-old son was found alone in a rented boat. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

  • Members of Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Underwater Search and Rescue Team help in the search for former “Glee” star Naya Rivera, Thursday, July 9, 2020 in Lake Piru, Calif. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • The home of actress Naya Rivera appears on Thursday, July 9, 2020, in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles. Authorities say former “Glee” star Naya Rivera is missing and being searched for at a Southern California lake. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department late Wednesday confirmed that Rivera is the person being searched for in the waters of Lake Piru, which is approxmately 56 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Rivera played Santana, a cheerleader in the musical-comedy “Glee” that aired on Fox from 2009 until 2015. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

  • A Ventura County Sheriff’s Office helicopter searches for former “Glee” actress Naya Rivera, Thursday, July 9, 2020 at Lake Piru in Los Padres National Forest, northwest of Los Angeles. Rivera rented a boat on Wednesday and her 4-year-old son was found alone on the rented boat. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

  • Sgt. Carl Patterson, of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, continues the search for missing actress Naya Rivera at Lake Piru, Friday, July 10, 2020, in Los Padres National Forest, Calif., about 55 miles (90 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles. Authorities said that they believe the “Glee” star drowned in the lake Wednesday, but they are continuing the search for her two days after her 4-year-old son was found alone in a rented boat. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

  • Capt. Eric Buschow, of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, addresses members of the media following a press conference as his department’s Underwater Search and Rescue Team search for former “Glee” actress Naya Rivera, Friday, July 10, 2020, at Lake Piru in Los Padres National Forest, northwest of Los Angeles. Rivera rented a boat on Wednesday and her 4-year-old son was found alone on the rented boat. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

  • Sgt. Tim Lohman, left, and Capt. Jeremy Paris of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, continue the search for missing actress Naya Rivera at Lake Piru, Friday, July 10, 2020, in Los Padres National Forest, Calif., about 55 miles (90 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles. Authorities said that they believe the “Glee” star drowned in the lake Wednesday, but they are continuing the search for her two days after her 4-year-old son was found alone in a rented boat. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

  • A member of Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Underwater Search and Rescue Team checks an empty boat on a dock in searching for former “Glee” actress Naya Rivera, Thursday, July 9, 2020 in Lake Piru, Calif. Rivera rented a boat on Wednesday and her 4-year-old son was found alone on the rented boat. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • Members of the media take photographs as a Ventura County Sheriff’s Office helicopter searches for former “Glee” actress Naya Rivera, Friday, July 10, 2020 at Lake Piru in Los Padres National Forest, northwest of Los Angeles. Rivera rented a boat on Wednesday and her 4-year-old son was found alone on the rented boat. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

  • Capt. Eric Buschow, of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, addresses members of the media following a press conference as his department’s Underwater Search and Rescue Team search for former “Glee” actress Naya Rivera, Friday, July 10, 2020, at Lake Piru in Los Padres National Forest, northwest of Los Angeles. Rivera rented a boat on Wednesday and her 4-year-old son was found alone on the rented boat. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

  • Sgt. Carl Patterson, of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, continues the search for missing actress Naya Rivera at Lake Piru, Friday, July 10, 2020, in Los Padres National Forest, Calif., about 55 miles (90 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles. Authorities said that they believe the “Glee” star drowned in the lake Wednesday, but they are continuing the search for her two days after her 4-year-old son was found alone in a rented boat. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

  • Capt. Eric Buschow, of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, addresses members of the media following a press conference as his department’s Underwater Search and Rescue Team search for former “Glee” actress Naya Rivera, Friday, July 10, 2020, at Lake Piru in Los Padres National Forest, northwest of Los Angeles. Rivera rented a boat on Wednesday and her 4-year-old son was found alone on the rented boat. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

  • A search and rescue team moves past a rental boat at top left that was used by actress Naya Rivera and her 4-year-old son on Lake Piru on Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Los Padres National Forest, northwest of Los Angeles. Authorities said Thursday that they believe “Glee” star Rivera drowned in the lake but they are continuing the search for her a day after her 4-year-old son was found alone in a rented boat. “Investigators believe Rivera drowned in what appears to be a tragic accident,” a Ventura County Sheriff’s Office statement said. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

  • Capt. Eric Buschow, of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, addresses members of the media following a press conference as his department’s Underwater Search and Rescue Team search for former “Glee” actress Naya Rivera, Friday, July 10, 2020, at Lake Piru in Los Padres National Forest, northwest of Los Angeles. Rivera rented a boat on Wednesday and her 4-year-old son was found alone on the rented boat. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

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Rivera played singing cheerleader Santana Lopez for six seasons on the Fox musical-comedy “Glee.”

If she is declared dead, she will become the third major cast member from the show to die in their 30s.

Cory Monteith, one of the show’s leads, died at 31 in 2013 from a toxic mix of alcohol and heroin.

And co-star Mark Salling, who Rivera dated at one point, killed himself in 2018 at age 35 after pleading guilty to child pornography charges.

Rivera had experience boating on the lake in Los Padres National Forest, authorities said.

Surveillance video shows Rivera and her son, Josey Hollis Dorsey, leaving on the rented boat.

When the boat failed to return, its vendor found the vessel drifting in the northern end of the lake late Wednesday afternoon with the boy asleep on board. He told investigators that he and his mother had been swimming and he got back into the boat but she didn’t, according to a sheriff’s office statement.

The boy was wearing a life vest, and another life jacket was found in the boat along with Rivera’s purse and identification.

Rivera is believed to have drowned “in what appears to be a tragic accident,” the statement said.

The boy, Rivera’s son from her marriage to actor Ryan Dorsey, was safe and healthy and with family members, authorities said. The couple finalized their divorce in June 2018 after nearly four years of marriage.

The most recent tweet on Rivera’s account, from July 7, read “just the two of us” along with a photo of her and her son.

Rivera was born in Valencia and grew up in the city, graduating from Valencia High in 2005.

She got her show-business start at a young age, appearing in commercials for Kmart as a child. At age 4, she appeared in the TV series “The Royal Family,” starring comedian Redd Foxx.

Her parents are Yolanda, a former model and a former executive assistant at the Los Angeles Daily News, and George Rivera.

She made her movie debut in the horror film “At the Devil’s Door” in 2014. She also dabbled in music, releasing single in 2013, “Sorry”, with rapper Big Sean, on Columbia Records. She also had a recurring role on the Lifetime series “Devious Maids.”

But it was on Fox’s “Glee,” that she made her mark, appearing in 113 episodes of the series as Santana Lopez.

It appeared increasingly likely she would become the third major cast member from the show to die in their 30s.

Co-star Mark Salling, who Rivera dated at one point, killed himself in 2018 at age 35 after pleading guilty to child pornography charges.

Cory Monteith, one of the show’s leads, died at 31 in 2013 from a toxic mix of alcohol and heroin.