Glee star Naya Rivera’s four-year-old son told investigators that his mother, whose body was found in a Southern California lake on Monday, boosted him back on to the deck of their rented boat before he looked back and saw her disappearing under the water.
“She must have mustered enough energy to get her son back on the boat, but not enough to save herself,” Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub said at a news conference.
Her son, Josey Hollis Dorsey, was found asleep and alone in a life vest on the drifting pontoon boat about three hours after he and his mother launched on Lake Piru northwest of Los Angeles, setting off a five-day search that ended with the discovery of the body of the 33-year-old floating near the surface early on Monday.
Authorities believe that she drowned accidentally, and that her body was most likely trapped in the vegetation under the lake for several days before floating to the top.
Divers had already thoroughly searched the area where she was eventually found, but shrubbery that had grown wildly in the area, which was recently dry, must have kept her hidden in the murky water they reported!