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Body found at Lake Piru confirmed to be missing actress Naya Rivera

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LAKE PIRU, Calif. - The Ventura County Sheriff's Department says a body found at Lake Piru Monday morning is missing actress Naya Rivera.

Search and Rescue teams from around the state worked to recover the body Monday. Rivera's body was recovered and flown to the Ventura County coroner's office.

Rivera went missing on Wednesday, July 8 while visiting Lake Piru with her 4-year-old son. When the boat they rented wasn't returned the rental company went looking for them. Her son was found asleep, alone aboard the boat.

Search and Rescue teams from across the state contributed in the search, searching both the lake waters and the surrounding areas on land. Dive teams utilized sonar scanning systems to search the murky waters of the manmade reservoir. On Thursday, the Ventura County Sheriff's Office said the search for Rivera had transitioned into a recovery operation.

A press conference took place at the lake Monday afternoon. During that press conference, Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub confirmed that Rivera's body was located.

"She mustered enough energy to get her son back onto the boat but not enough to save herself," Ayub said during the news conference.

Officials say they believe the cause of death to be drowning.

Ayub had previously called the 'Glee' actress' death a "tragic accident."

Rivera is the third main cast member of the popular Fox sitcom to die in their 30s. The discovery of Rivera's body comes 7 years to the date that Cory Monteith, another of the show's stars, died from a drug overdose.

Rivera's family have remained in the area of the lake throughout the search. Ayub said. Her family has been notified of the recovery of the body.

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