Naya Rivera’s autopsy confirmed that the actress died by drowning and that there were no signs that drugs or alcohol had played a role in her death.
The Ventura County medical examiner’s office released the autopsy results on Tuesday confirming that the body discovered on Monday was Rivera.
He added that the body condition of the 33-year-old star was consistent with the time she was submerged.
The way she died was listed as an accident.
Glee star Naya Rivera, 33, died of drowning, an autopsy confirmed on Tuesday
Ventura County medical examiner’s office released autopsy findings on Tuesday
Rivera’s body was found Monday in the northeast part of Lake Piru
“The circumstances and visual characteristics all indicated that the body was that of Naya Rivera and that the identity was confirmed by dental comparison,” said the report.
“The results of the autopsy are consistent with drowning and the condition of the body is consistent with the time it was submerged.
“No traumatic injury or pathological process was identified at autopsy.
“There is no indication from the investigation or examination that drugs or alcohol played a role in the death of the deceased, but samples will be subjected to toxicological tests,” he said. added.
The date of delivery was indicated as Monday, July 13.
The body of the Glee star was found Monday in the northeastern part of Lake Piru, located 80 km north of Los Angeles, after his disappearance last week.
Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub said there was no evidence that a crime had taken place or that she had died by suicide.
She disappeared on July 8 while sailing with her four-year-old son, Josey.
Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Confirmed Rivera’s Drowning Tuesday
The search began after Rivera disappeared on July 8 while sailing with her four-year-old son Josey. The pair were swimming when Josey said that Rivera had not returned to the boat
This diagram shows where actress Naya Rivera, 33, and her four-year-old son Josey hired a boat on Lake Piru before the boy was found alone. The top left map shows the location of the lake in relation to Los Angeles where Rivera lives
A search began after the boy was found asleep alone in a boat in the middle of the lake. There was no record of Rivera.
He said the actress never got back on the boat when they went swimming.
Naya’s distraught family was seen by the lake trying to help the investigators in their search.
On Monday, the search took place in a cove where the actress had taken a photo of Josey and sent it to a relative about 90 minutes before finding him on the boat.
Naya Rivera sent a photo of her four-year-old son Josey to a family member 90 minutes before he was found on their pontoon boat which shows the cove where they had sailed.
“There was a photo sent to a family member showing the boy on the boat near a creek. We found where this cove was, “said Robert Heglis of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office search and rescue team.
He previously said, “What I suspect is that the winds have picked up.
“These pontoon boats are very light, and when you push them, they can move away from you. She might have tried to swim after the boat. But this is just speculation. Once we locate it, it will answer many more questions.
The police did not share the image and it is not known in which cove it was taken. Over the weekend, they asked the audience not to pick up the star herself from the dangerous water.
The actress grew up 32 km from the lake and knew him, police sources said last week.
She considered it to be her “sanctuary”, although it is known for the rip currents and icy waters that can dominate swimmers.
The lake itself is 1,200 acres and can reach depths of up to 130 feet.
A body was found floating on the surface of the lake on Monday and Sheriff Ayub said he was “confident” that it was Rivera.
“Based on the location of the body, the physical characteristics of the body, the clothing found on the body and the physical condition of the body, as well as the absence of any other reported persons in the area, we are convinced that the body we found is that of Naya Rivera, ”he said.
Dental records were used to confirm that it was her.
Police said it appeared that Rivera had gathered enough energy to bring his son back to the boat, but not enough to save himself.
She and her son got out of the boat and went to swim. The boy told investigators that his mother helped him back on board, but when he looked back he saw her disappear in the water, Ayub said.
Ayub confirmed that an adult life jacket was on board the boat and that the recovered body was not in a life jacket. He didn’t know if Rivera was able to swim.
Actress Heather Morris was among them. She appeared on Glee (right) with Rivera
Rivera’s former husband Ryan Dorsey, on the right, was by the lake on Monday with his father George
Some of Glee’s Rivera comrades went to the lake on Monday after authorities found a body. They held hands on the shore awaiting confirmation of the body’s identity
Ayub said swimming is allowed in the lake but is generally used for water recreation. A petition was launched on Monday to ban swimming “in these dangerous waters”.
He added that he hoped the discovery would end his family.
“Finding out that she has disappeared and then, day by day, waiting and not knowing … I hope this will provide some level of closure,” he said.
The actress’ family rushed to the lake Monday morning and some of her Glee comrades, including Heather Morris, were also there, when news of the discovery of a body broke.
They held hands on the shore while waiting for more information from the star’s family and the authorities.
Rivera was found on the seventh anniversary of the death of Naya’s former co-star Cory Monteith.
The autopsy confirmed that Rivera’s death on Tuesday was a tragic accident while his co-stars and fans shared tributes.