The death of Naya Rivera has been ruled as accidental drowning by a Ventura County medical examiner on Tuesday. The latest news comes a few hours after her body was found in Lake Piru in California, after five days of intense search, after she was reported missing.
According to the Ventura County medical examiner reporting on the tragic death of Naya, said there was no indication that drugs or alcohol played a role in her death and no traumatic injuries or other medical conditions.
Rivera’s body was recovered near the surface of the water, in an area where the boat was found, that was 35 to 60 feet deep (11-18 m) and with heavy brush and trees underwater, officials said.
Rivera’s 4-year-old son, Josey, who was discovered alone and sleeping on the boat, told authorities he and his mother had both gone swimming in the lake, a recreational reservoir about 50 miles (80 km) north of downtown Los Angeles.
Sheriff’s officials in charge of the search said on Monday it was not clear what happened, but that Rivera’s son had told investigators his mother pushed him back into the boat but did not get back in herself. Rivera was not wearing a life vest.