American model, singer and actress Naya Marie Rivera missing body was found on Monday near the surface of a Southern California lake. It was the sixth day of the search for Rivera who was just 33 years old. She was presumed to have drowned after she disappeared from a rented boat at the lake last Wednesday. She had rented a pontoon boat with her 4-year-old son. Hours later, someone found the child alone on the boat. On July 8, 2020, she was declared a missing person after her four-year-old son was found alone in their rental boat at Lake Piru, near Santa Clarita, California. The following day, Ventura County Sheriff's Office officials reported that Rivera was presumed dead and that they would be focusing efforts on recovering her body. On the morning of July 13, five days after Rivera went missing, a body was recovered from the lake and was confirmed to be her later that same day. The Police and the lake authorities have been hunting for Naya for the past 6 days before finally finding a body on Monday which the authorities believe to be as Naya Rivera. "We are confident the body we found is that of Naya Rivera," said Sheriff Bill Ayub. When the press asked how she got herself drowned, Ayub said, "There are a lot of currents on the lake that appear particularly in the 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."  
On why it took so long for the authorities to find Naya Marie’s body back, the Sheriff said - "It made it very, very difficult for our divers, for our sonar operators, for our searchers to search that area. We had our entire dive team scouring that area yesterday. They were not able to find her." Naya began her career as a child actress and model, appearing in national television commercials before landing the role of Hillary Winston on the short-lived CBS sitcom The Royal Family at the age of four. For the part, she received a nomination for a Young Artist Award. After a series of recurring television roles and guest spots as a teenager, Rivera got her breakthrough role with the television series Glee which was aired between 2009 to 2015. The cast of glee series and Naya Rivera’s family were spotted at lake Piru to honour and pay tribute to Naya.